Last month, Senator Bernie Sanders asked a simple question to the NSA: in collecting all those phone records, does that include the phone records of members of Congress (including both their personal and work phones)? The NSA's response was that "Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons" -- but since the data collection covers all US persons, it was a basic admission that, yes, of course the NSA is sweeping up their phone records as well.
That issue came up again during this week's House Judiciary Committee Hearings, in which some members of Congress finally got to ask the question live to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who more or less admitted that Congress's information is collected as well:
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, began by asking Peter Swire, a member of the president's handpicked surveillance review board, whether lawmakers' numbers are included in the agency's phone-records sweeps. Swire protested that he was not a government official and couldn't best answer the question, but said he was unaware of any mechanism that "scrubbed out" member phone numbers from the agency's data haul.