John McCain: Congress Should Review Spying on Foreign Leaders

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos on Thursday that it’s time to have a national debate on the U.S. spying program.

“Friends often eavesdrop on friends, but when we are listening in on the private conversations of the private cell phone of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, obviously that is going to alienate our friends.”

He also blamed the revelations on lack of congressional oversight, adding, “I would argue for a select committee to review this entire scenario.”

When asked if spying is necessary to prevent another terrorist attack, McCain had this to say:

“I think it’s necessary for us to conduct surveillance, but there is a fine line between respecting people’s privacy and the fact that we need to protect this nation against another 9/11 attack.”