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Sen. Rand Paul to File Class-Action Lawsuit over NSA Spying

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will file a class-action lawsuit against President Barack Obama and National Intelligence Director James Clapper over the collection of private data regarding American citizens.

Paul's communications director, Sergio Gor, confirmed that the suit will be filed in Washington, D.C. District Court as an individual and not as a U.S. Senator. On Friday, Paul said that as many as 300,000 people have indicated that they would sign onto the lawsuit once it is filed in court.

New York Magazine reports that Paul's legal team is constructing a complaint that argues that the searches violate the fourth amendment rights of American citizens.

Other than targeting Obama, it is unclear how different Paul's lawsuit would be from another case against the NSA's data collecting project, brought forward by Larry Klayman. In that case, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon sided with the complainants and ruled the NSA's program unconstitutional.

The U.S. Justice Department appealed Leon's ruling earlier this week.

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