In this photo taken Feb. 9, 2016, Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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U.S. lawmakers are pressing the nation's top intelligence official to estimate the number of Americans ensnared in email surveillance and other such spying on foreign targets, saying the information was needed to gauge possible reforms to the controversial programs.Eight Democrats and six Republicans made the request to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a letter seen by Reuters Friday, reflecting the continued bipartisan concerns over the scope of U.S. data espionage.Intelligence officials say data about Americans are "incidentally" collected during communication with a target reasonably believed to be living overseas.Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hank Johnson, Ted Deutch, Cedric Richmond, Suzan DelBene, David Cicilline and John Conyers signed for the Democrats.
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