REID J. EPSTEIN
August 2, 2013
As NSA leaker Edward Snowden finally left Moscow’s airport, President Barack Obama met Thursday afternoon with nine members of Congress to discuss American surveillance efforts.
Obama hosted what the White House called “some of the programs’ most prominent critics and defenders,” though it did not include Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), perhaps the most prominent critic of the National Security Agency.
“Today’s meeting was constructive and the President committed that he and his team would continue to work closely with the Congress on these matters in the weeks and months ahead,” the White House said.