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The Senate Intelligence Committee holds a hearing Wednesday morning to discuss the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a key provision of the law that is used to justify the digital surveillance of foreign nationals located abroad.

Why it matters: The provision expires at the end of the year unless lawmakers vote to reauthorize it. Privacy advocates — and some tech companies — take issue with the way that surveillance under the statute can capture the data of American citizens. Some Republican senators, meanwhile, have introduced legislation to re-up the provision and make it permanent.

What to watch: This hearing is going to cover much broader ground, thanks to the witnesses: acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, NSA Director Mike Rogers and Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. Expect questions on Russia, particularly for Coats, as on the eve of the hearing the Washington Post reported that Trump asked him to pressure Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor.

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