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Trump suggests surveillance law could have been used to 'abuse' his campaign

Seema Verma administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services speaks during a news conference in Newark N.J. The Trump administration says it’s offering a path for states that want to seek work President Trump Tweeted Against His Own Bill. Now Congress May Delay the Vote
Velma Reese | 12 January, 2018, 00:37

In a Thursday morning tweet, President Trump called into question his own administration's position on the reauthorization of a program that allows the government to conduct foreign surveillance on US soil.

By contrast, the USA RIGHTS amendment contains meaningful reforms to Section 702, which are imperative given our government's historical abuse of surveillance authorities, contemporary noncompliance with this authority, and the danger posed by potential future abuses.

Fox News did a segment on FISA Thursday morning around the same time Trump first tweeted, where he appeared to quote the broadcast.

A White House spokesman did not reply to an inquiry asking whether Trump wants the House to vote against reauthorizing FISA.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to renew a surveillance program that collects electronic communications without a warrant.

"And in many ways it expands the federal government's ability to spy on Americans".

The White House issued a stern statement late Wednesday pleading with Congress not to approve strict limits to the government's foreign spy powers, suggesting that adding civil rights checks could lead to another September 11-style attack.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump called into question his own administration's position on the reauthorization of a program that allows the government to conduct foreign surveillance on US soil, also known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008. But less than two hours later, the president appeared to reverse himself, telling lawmakers to "Get smart!"

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Before approving the extension of the law, the House voted 233 to 183 to reject an amendment that proposed a series of overhauls.

Section 702 allows the NSA to eavesdrop on vast amounts of digital communications from foreigners living outside the United States through US companies such as Facebook Inc FB.O , Verizon Communications Inc VZ.N and Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O Google.

On Wednesday evening, as it became clearer that passage was uncertain, House Republicans urged the White House to make clear its opposition to the alternative to FISA Act renewal. However, prior to voting to keep the surveillance tools intact, the House rejected an amendment that would have required authorities to obtain a warrant prior to accessing communication information obtained on American citizens via foreign surveillance.

Codify the end of "about" collection, an invasive type of surveillance that was heavily criticized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for privacy violations.

Like Thursday morning, when Trump heard someone on "Fox & Friends" raising questions about a government surveillance bill up for reauthorization, suggesting it was a bad idea. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., would require the government to seek a warrant before querying the Section 702 database for information about Americans in criminal cases.

Section 702 is due to expire next week, though intelligence officials say it could continue until April. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) said. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the chamber's second-ranking Republican and a member of the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

Some Republicans have speculated that the Obama administration learned of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's calls with Russia's ambassador to the USA through Section 702.

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