The House on Thursday approved legislation reauthorizing a powerful surveillance program, hours after President Trump weighed in on the controversial program.
NCAC has joined a bipartisan coalition of 44 organizations to urge members of the House of Representatives to vote "yes" on the USA RIGHTS amendment and "no" on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act (S. 139) if the USA RIGHTS amendment does not pass.
President Donald Trump appeared to muddy the House debate when he tweeted early Thursday that the "House votes on the controversial FISA ACT", and mused that the surveillance law could have been used by the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.
First, they may have come upon Trump Tower phone calls if a targeted foreign agent was on the other end of the line - this method comes from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court. "We need it! Get smart!", he posted.
On Thursday, the House renewed Section 702 of FISA, which will extend for six years the government's ability to collect the communications of foreign targets located overseas from USA companies. It is scheduled to expire on January 19. "Today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land", he wrote.
Trump has said previous rules were far too lax and led to damaging leaks about top aides, a claim fiercely contested by Democrats.
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"It didn't help", said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said of Trump's first tweet.
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., blasted Trump's earlier tweet as "truly unbelievable", highlighting the disconnect with his own White House team. They noted that he probably got his information from watching Fox News.
Trump's national security advisors may have had a talk with him after that tweet because he partially walked it back a couple of hours later. "FISA is something the President should have known about long before he turned on Fox this morning".
FILE PHOTO: A man is silhouetted near logo of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in this photo illustration taken in Sarajevo March 11, 2015. Authorities could still look at the information without a warrant in national security cases, the lawmakers said. Nunes worked with the White House to address his concerns administratively.
It's filibuster time! Clearly Paul and others need to try to book some time on Fox and Friends and try to convince President Donald Trump to switch his position back to opposing domestic surveillance. But the House voted Thursday to renew Section 702 for another six years in roughly its current form. "But, he does have some overall concern with the FISA program more generally". Fox aired a segment on Thursday morning where controversial contributor Andrew Napolitano criticized FISA as the beginning of Trump's "woes" with respect to the investigations into Russian Federation interference into the 2016 election that have embroiled his administration and family members.
His query on Twitter-which also doesn't necessarily say if he's against the act-comes as news that Robert Mueller's special counsel added a new prosecutor to his Russian Federation investigation who specializes in cybercrimes. With Trump as president, however, many have expressed deeper fears of possible abuse, as Glenn Greenwald from the Intercept explains. And Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Intelligence Committee Democrat (who supports the bill), recommended it be temporarily pulled in response to Trump's "irresponsible" comments. In an apparent response to the morning news program Fox & Friends, Trump suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation might have used the dossier "to spy on Trump Campaign". They thus know the answer to the was-the-dossier-used-for-spying question.