Trump rails against FISA before vote-because it targeted his campaign

The National Security Agency in Fort Meade Maryland

It was legally authorised in 2008 by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Napolitano was suspended by the network previous year for claiming, without evidence, that British intelligence officials had helped former president Barack Obama spy on Trump.

"'House votes on controversial FISA ACT today, '" Trump wrote headline.

The House Rules Committee is slated to debate the bill Tuesday, setting up a floor vote Thursday.

"The House-passed bill does absolutely nothing to defend the vast majority of law-abiding Americans from warrantless searches, and in many ways it expands the federal government's ability to spy on Americans".

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers spoke on January 10 about providing more protections for American citizens in bills to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Mr. Trump, who is known to watch Fox News while he is tweeting, posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to the president during a Thursday morning segment about the coming House vote.

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Trump went against the GOP and his administration's talking points today when he bashed FISA and suggested that it allowed investigators to "badly surveil and abuse" his 2016 campaign over the Fusion GPS dossier. But less than two hours later, the president appeared to reverse himself, telling lawmakers to "Get smart!"

Before approving the extension, the House voted 233 to 183 to reject an amendment that would have overhauled the current program.

Wednesday night, Sanders made a statement supporting the legislation, writing, "The Administration urges the House to. preserve the useful role FISA's Section 702 authority plays in protecting American lives". Spying is valid to find the foreign agents among us. While the government agency cannot use the law to target the communications of any American, or any person located inside the USA, without constitutional protection, it has conceded that Americans living overseas could be swept up by "incidental collection".

The House passed the bill to reauthorize FISA with an important tweak. "Unlike #S139, it limits the mass collection and broad use of Americans' data, and requires a warrant to search for it-as the #4thAmendment requires", Amash tweeted on Monday. "This sweeping authority has been clouded in secrecy, in part because the government refuses to answer essential questions about how it impacts Americans, including who can be targeted and how many American communications the government collects".

But the suggestion that Trump had agreed with that significant change to the surveillance law received support from Paul, who is sponsoring the amendment with Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).

But the Trump White House issued a statement on Wednesday that was strongly opposed to the amendment. "What Section 702 was designed and meant to do was to knock down those walls", Pompeo said at an event hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Nunes had initially sought to include transparency requirements related to unmasking requests in the FISA Act renewal legislation but Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee objected, saying he couldn't support legislation that included such provisions. "The secret database can be used in a nefarious way to get domestic officials snooping in your business", Paul said. The House bill before Congress would extend section 702 to 2021.

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