Without addressing the particulars of the NSA program and his briefing, Inouye said that the information that appeared in the Times was “something I’ve never been briefed on.”
In addition, Inouye joked that he tries not to remember too much of his classified briefings for fear of breaking the laws. “I do my utmost to forget what I’ve been briefed,” he said. “I might talk in my sleep.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.