The limits on congressional surveillance vary from those on other, more common forms of government surveillance. As a whole, they raise difficult questions around the convergence of individual privacy and the separation of powers.
Aaron R. Cooper is a Special Counsel in Jenner & Block LLP’s Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice, its Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, and its Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Cooper served as the lead investigative counsel for the Minority in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s bipartisan investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. Before his time in the Senate, Mr. Cooper was a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section, where he investigated and prosecuted high-tech and intellectual property crimes. While at the Department, Mr. Cooper was selected to serve as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and in 2018, he was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his extensive work in support of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (or CLOUD) Act. He is the author of Congressional Surveillance, 70 Am.U. L. Rev. 1799 (2021), which addresses the intersection of congressional investigations and government surveillance.
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