Obama Expected to Announce NSA Restrictions

The president will deliver an address on the U.S. spy agency under fire for collecting phone records.
3:00 | 01/17/14

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A lot. Back here at home to president obama, delivering a major address today on that u.S. Spy agency program that collects the phone records of millions of americans. The closure of that created a firestorm and the president is expected to announce new restrictions on it today. Our jonathan karl is there at the white house with much more on this. Good morning, jon. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Some big changes here. A senior administration official tells abc news that the president will order a transition that would effectively end that program that collects those millions of phone records. Under this transition, the records would still be kept. They would still be maintained but to the by the government and here's the important thing, robin. That means that if government officials wanted access to your phone records they would first need to get a court order. There are a lot of details to be worked out that the president will not present today including who would collect and maintain all of those phone records. What he'll do is ask his attorney general and the intelligence community to come up with a specific plan on how to implement the changes due at the end of march. All of this stems from edward snowden and some we're hearing that are calling for clemency. What are you hearing from the white house about that, jon? Reporter: The white house is consistent on this saying absolutely no amnesty for snowden. If he wants to get a plea bargain or a plea deal he would have to do that after turning himself in. They've been consistent about that. Have a good weekend.

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