President Trump clarifies position on FISA after tweet expressing surveillance concerns

President Trump clarifies position on FISA after tweet expressing surveillance concerns

"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?" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The Amash amendment would replace the text of the HPSCI-backed bill with that of the USA RIGHTS Act, introduced in the Senate by Kentucky senator Rand Paul and OR senator Ron Wyden.

An amendment offered by Republican congressman Justin Amash survived the rules committee hearing Tuesday.

The bill also addresses the so-called "about" collection, a practice where the NSA may search through communications, including those of American citizens, in order to collect communications that are "about" a targeted non-American individual.

That amendment failed Thursday morning in a 183-233 vote.

As of press time, the House of Representatives is still planning to hold the FISA vote soon. The White House came out against the amendment and for re-authorization on Wednesday, though President Trump appeared to oppose the measure in a tweet Thursday morning.

Trump later clarified that he "has 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". But in an apparent clean-up operation, Trump was forced to fire off a tweet declaring this of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: "We need it!"

Critics warn that the approval of the bill would further increase the FBI's intelligence and surveillance powers. In a tweet Sen.

Trump's tweet caused congressional Republicans a good deal of distress, and made them question whether conservative defections could sink the bill the president was criticizing.

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The tweet was posted shortly after Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said, "Mr. President, this is not the way to go".

Asked by Reuters at a conference in NY about Trump's tweets, Rob Joyce, the top White House cyber official, said there was no confusion within Oval Office about the value of the surveillance program and that there have been no cases of it being used improperly for political purposes.

Or perhaps do a piece on "self-impeachment", then turn to the camera and say: "Mr. President, you could be the first-ever president to take this bold step".

Following the president's first tweet, Sen. But the House voted Thursday to renew Section 702 for another six years in roughly its current form.

"The administration has voiced support for reauthorization but I think the president indicated to me that he believes that any reauthorization should have significant reforms", Paul said.

But House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has long said a clean reauthorization of Section 702, without any changes, would not pass the House, where the powerful Freedom Caucus has banded together with privacy-minded Democrats to advocate for tighter restrictions on how government investigators can use data gathered under the program.

If the Amash amendment doesn't pass, Massie vows to pledge "hell no" on the larger bill. NBC News reported that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked for a delay as well.

"One of the most important things we are placed in charge to do is make decisions, not based on TV, not based on internet, based on facts, based on reality", Ryan said in a speech on the House floor this moring.

Nunes said his bill strengthens privacy protections "without hindering the ability of our intelligence professionals to monitor terror suspects, analyze collected data, and keep us safe".

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