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President Trump targets, then backs surveillance program in tweets

President Trump targets, then backs surveillance program in tweets”

President Donald Trump's morning penchant for firing off controversial messages on Twitter potentially derailed his administration's policy Thursday, after he came out against a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewal his own Administration is pushing.

The president's outburst was a direct response to a "Fox & Friends" segment that aired on Thursday in which legal analyst Andrew Napolitano criticized the White House for wanting to renew Section 702 on the grounds that it allows for warrantless surveillance of Americans who happen to be talking with people living in foreign countries.

"'House votes on controversial FISA ACT today, '" Trump wrote, citing a Fox News headline.

His administration has pushed for the FISA program to be reauthorized, with FBI Director Christopher Wray calling it a valuable tool to fight terrorism.

Sources on both Capitol Hill and in the executive branch have confirmed that representatives of four committees - the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee - have had the opportunity to examine FISA documents in a secure room at the Justice Department.

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"I recommend we withdraw consideration of the bill today to give us more time to address privacy questions that have been raised, as well as to get a clear statement from the administration about their position on the bill", Schiff said on the House floor.

Trump attempted to clean up the confusion surrounding his tweet later Thursday morning, writing, "With that being said, I have 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". Trump wrote on Twitter. Those would include requiring a warrant before the NSA or other intelligence agencies could scrutinize communications belonging to Americans whose data is incidentally collected under the program.

The FISA act specifically prohibits the targeting of American citizens or anyone residing in the USA, but privacy advocates inside and outside Congress insist it sweeps up the electronic data of innocent Americans who may be communicating with foreign nationals, even when those foreigners aren't suspected of terrorist activity. 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".

The president has said that his campaign and Trump Tower was spied on by the Obama administration, calling the former president a "bad (or sick) guy!" He has offered no proof for such claims.

Disproven and paid for by Democrats "Dossier used to spy on Trump Campaign".



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