House OKs Foreign Surveillance Program; Senate Vote Next

House OKs Foreign Surveillance Program; Senate Vote Next

House OKs Foreign Surveillance Program; Senate Vote Next

President Donald Trump is under fire following a pair of seemingly contradictory tweets that thrust confusion into the debate over a program deemed critical by government national security agencies.

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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.

Photo President Trump posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to him during a Thursday morning segment about the upcoming House vote.

After a few confusing tweets, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed the House to renew a critical national security program that allows spy agencies to collect intelligence on foreign targets overseas. Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The White House on Wednesday had issued a statement opposing an amendment seeking to blunt some of the program's powers and shield communications of Americans who may get caught up in efforts to pick up foreign electronic communications. The "USA Rights" amendment proposed by Rep.

"There will be an opportunity for those who want to kill the program to kill the program", said Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, a senior member of the Intelligence Committee.

The Kentucky Republican insists the section needs to undergo two major changes: First, any government officials who wants to look at the information needs a judge's warrant; and since the information was collected with a "less-than-constitutional standard", he insists that it can not be used to persecute any American who may have been accidentally caught violating the law. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., failed by a vote of 183-233.

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"I understand what the House is likely to do would probably be fine in the Senate", said Sen. In a tweet, he linked the FISA program that his White House supports to the dossier that alleges his campaign had ties to Russian Federation, catching aides and Capitol Hill officials off guard. Ryan appeared to have convinced Trump on the merits of the legislation, for the president tweeted a second message voicing his support. But, he predicted, "we'll get 218 votes" in the end to secure passage of the Nunes bill.

After the House approved the renewal, Paul vowed to fight it in the Senate. In a tweet Sen.

Republicans have raised concerns that the names of Trump campaign officials were "unmasked" by the Obama administration in transcripts of conversations with Russian officials.

Earlier in the week, Trump had himself signed an order to review the way that Americans caught up by surveillance can be identified - or "unmasked" in the jargon. "Mr. President, this is not the way to go".

The President's back and forth on FISA triggered uncertainty in both parties, and for a time this morning - actually endangered the bill's future, as both Republicans and Democrats balked at taking the vote.

"We call on Congress to protect Americans" 4th Amendment rights", said Computer & Communications Industry Association President Ed Black.

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. "And we're supposed to make those decisions to keep our country safe". Nunes worked with the White House to address his concerns administratively.

Section 702 has been useful in detecting and disrupting terrorist plots. And he added, "He knows what 702 is". "This is a very valuable tool".

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