Sen. Rand Paul's political action committee, RandPAC, announced that he will file a class-action lawsuit against President Barack Obama and top officials in the National Security Agency on Wednesday.
In addition to Obama, the Kentucky senator and possible 2016 presidential candidate's suit will name National Intelligence Director James Clapper, outgoing NSA Director Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey.
"I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment," Paul said in a statement Tuesday. "The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win."
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will serve as lead counsel for Paul. The president of conservative group FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe, has also joined the suit.
"This class action suit isn't about Republican versus Democrat, or progressive versus conservative. This is about defending the basic civil liberties of every American from a government that has crossed the line," Kibbe said. "Never in American history has there been such a warrantless gathering of citizens' information. We believe it is time to put this before the courts."
Several lawsuits challenging the NSA's surveillance practices have already been filed in federal courts throughout country.
"A class action would be Rand Paul, not just suing on his own behalf, but on behalf all people, known and unknown, who are similarly situated," American University law professor Stephen Vladeck told MSNBC. "Ostensibly, he could be suing on behalf of all Americans, or all Americans hypothetically affected by these court orders."
Original headline: Sen. Rand Paul sues President Obama and administration over NSA
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