Senate probing whether Cruz leaked classified surveillance data during debate

GOP presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. (credit: Wikipedia)

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Wednesday he was investigating if Texas Senator Ted Cruz released classified surveillance data at Tuesday's GOP presidential debate.

The probe concerns what Cruz said during a back-and-forth talk with Florida Senator Marco Rubio about the USA Freedom Act, which President Barack Obama signed in June. Cruz said that, under that law, "nearly 100 percent" of phone calling metadata can be surveilled with the new spy program compared with "20 percent to 30 percent" under the Patriot Act provisions that the USA Freedom Act replaced.

Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, said the committee's staff is looking into the statements.

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