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Trump criticises, then praises spying tool

Trump criticises, then praises spying tool

The legislation approved Thursday, which extended the law for six years, still has to go through the Senate, which faces a deadline to vote by January 19, when formal surveillance authorities expire after a temporary extension in late December.

The White House opposes a requirement that would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a warrant before even querying lawfully collected foreign intelligence for domestic cases, although not in emergencies or cases involving national security. Although Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Senator Rand Paul have both promised to filibuster the bill in opposition, observers say it will nevertheless pass.

A House effort to amend the bill and require the federal government to obtain warrants before searching for Americans' information failed Thursday by a vote of 233 to 183.

The bill still needs to be passed by the US Senate before heading to President Donald Trump for his signature.

"The House just voted to turn the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act into a tool for domestic spying on Americans", said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center's Liberty & National Security Program, in a statement. "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 has claimed, without evidence, that the Obama administration wiretapped him in 2016 in connection with allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the election by hacking Democratic officials.

Trump's tweets on surveillance marked the second time this week that he appeared to veer from the administration's position.

Republicans made up 191 affirmative votes, with 65 Democrats chipping in. Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House paints Trump as a leader who does not understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides.

Because of the confusion, Chief of Staff John Kelly was dispatched to the Hill to save legislation the White House supported.

"Under this president, we had a 45-year low in illegal immigration on the border this year", Homan said. A separate source confirmed that Trump initiated the call. The House is voting Thursday on possible changes, and the Senate must also act. Nunes read the tweet aloud to the GOP conference, calming lawmakers' nerves. Mark Warner, D-Va., top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Senior Democrats urged cancellation of the vote following Mr Trump's post.

The FISA-created procedure, enacted in defiance of the Fourth Amendment - which makes no distinction between government evidence gathering and government intelligence gathering - permits a secret court in Washington to issue general warrants based on the government's need to gather intelligence about national security from foreigners among us.

The White House pushed back on WaPo's reporting, telling The Daily Caller News Foundation that there is no disconnect between Trump and Cohn's respective visions regarding infrastructure, and insisted that any suggestion to the contrary emerges from a simplistic understanding of the policy area.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats calls the intelligence the "holy grail" that provides insight into the thinking and actions of USA adversaries.

Trump alleged that the Obama administration had used the unmasking process to obtain information on Trump's presidential transition team.

The problem here is that, as Jonathan Chait of NY magazine notes, most Republicans are not opposed to FISA.

"No one could believe it", another Republican supportive of the FISA reauthorization said.

The House Rules Committee met Tuesday and permitted an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would require warrants for any agency seeking access to American's data picked up in 702 intelligence operations.

The law serves as the legal backing for two mammoth NSA programs revealed by Edward Snowden: Upstream, which collects information from the internet junctions where data passes in and out of the country, and PRISM, which collects communications from USA -based internet companies, like Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo.

Trump's tweets came shortly after a "Fox and Friends" segment that highlighted the FISA program, calling it "controversial".

As House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor Thursday morning: "This is about foreign terrorists on foreign soil".


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