House renews surveillance law after Trump posts differing tweets

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But after the second tweet by the President - expressing support for the §702 FISA reauthorization - things calmed down, and the House moved to approve the plan.

But the president injected some last-minute drama to the proceedings.

Trump says: "This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?"

The legislation was supported by Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

After the vote Thursday, Ryan, asked about his conversation with the president, said Trump's concerns regarded other parts of the law.

Hours later, the president appeared to back off supporting the limits by writing: "With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

Critics, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on the right and Sen.

"My worry is that they also collect information on millions of Americans, and I don't want that database to be searched without a warrant", the Kentucky senator said. But it does not allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use this information as evidence against an American in a criminal case without a court order to access it, or without other approval from the attorney general.

What we've learned from this episode - one I'm sure Republican lawmakers who have spent months working to pass the reauthorization really enjoyed - is that "Fox and Friends" can get President Trump to do whatever it wants.

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As of press time, the House of Representatives is still planning to hold the FISA vote soon. Congress voted to extend the programs temporarily until January 19.

"You'll recall the deep criticisms the intelligence committee for not sharing, for creating stovepipes and walls and barriers, it's variously described". "Section 702 has been instrumental in preventing attacks on the homeland and removing terrorists from the battlefield", the letter said. They failed on Thursday to pass an amendment to include a warrant requirement before the NSA or other intelligence agencies could scrutinize communications belonging to Americans whose data is incidentally collected.

The issue has special resonance for Trump, who has questioned why the Obama administration may have revealed the identities of Trump campaign figures who interacted with foreign officials.

That's the section of the law the House voted today to extend-it's set to expire next Friday, and the Trump administration has argued that renewing it is critical to national security.

This week, Trump signed a memo ordering the director of national intelligence to recommend changes that could be made internally.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the Nunes bill is so "deeply flawed" that it jeopardizes the renewal of the anti-terrorism law altogether.

President Donald Trump's morning penchant for firing off controversial messages on Twitter potentially derailed his administration's policy Thursday, after he came out against a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewal his own Administration is pushing.

Top lawmakers strongly criticized the president's last-minute intervention into the sensitive debate. "We're not talking about a tremendous number of national security cases".

But a coalition of 44 diverse groups from the liberal ACLU to the conservative FreedomWorks opposed Nunes' bill and supported the Amash-Lofgren legislation.

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