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Surveillance act passed despite Trump 'abuse' tweet

Surveillance act passed despite Trump 'abuse' tweet

The amendment would have barred the federal government from knowingly collecting communications exclusively between Americans, and required the federal government to seek a warrant to search communications collected using FISA authority. 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.

The US House of Representatives passed a crucial surveillance law Thursday that reinforced the ability of the country's spy agencies to intercept and make use of Americans' private communications.

Hours before the House vote, President Trump used Twitter to preview the action while adding that the law had been used to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign by the previous administration and others".

The dossier examines ties between Russian Federation and Trump and his aides.

House leadership today once again caved to irresponsible fearmongering from the intelligence agencies and succeeded in jamming through a hastily drafted surveillance bill.

Trump tweeted about the program Thursday.

By the afternoon, Sarah Sanders, the presidential press secretary, began defending the White House about the confusion. But not until after a 101-minute long scramble to clean up the President's position ahead of the midday vote, which Republican leaders had been eying with optimism after spending weeks rounding up votes and batting down demands from the conservative and libertarian elements of their conference.

His posts spoke to an earlier chapter in this saga in which Washington took a detour about "wiretapping" and "unmasking", following Trump tweets from March 2017.

The president's chief of staff, John Kelly, scrambled to Capitol Hill, while panicked aides alerted Trump to the firestorm his tweets had caused. A separate source confirmed that Trump initiated the call.

"House votes on controversial FISA ACT today". The president's reversal was yet another example of him seemingly taking cues from television, particularly the morning Fox News show, while also personalizing an issue, in this case the dossier, over a policy position.

Trump also tweeted what appeared to be a direct quote from "Fox & Friends" reporting a 45-year low in illegal immigration.

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Shortly after, Trump said the bill "is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

"We need it!" Trump concluded in his second Twitter message.

The news comes as North Korea claimed Michael Wolff's bombshell new book about Trump spells the end of the president's political career.

The House is expected to vote on a version that would put restrictions on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation could use information on Americans that is inadvertently swept up by the program.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats on Thursday signed a measure that for the first time established guidance for the entire intelligence community. "But, he does have some overall concern with the FISA program more generally". It's at this initial stage - where leads are sifted and prioritized - when foreign intelligence can be queried to help connect dots and spot possible national security threats, he said.

What is the Section 702 program created to do?

The controversial law permits USA intelligence to surveil Americans without a warrant when they are detected talking with foreigners overseas who were under surveillance.

The practice of the US government listening to Americans without a warrant remains controversial.

The 256-164 vote saw four in five Republicans support the bill, while just a third of Democrats did.

The House vote was preceded by chaotic debate over an issue that has split lawmakers into unusual bipartisan alliances since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosure of the scope of the eavesdropping program in 2013.

As the tweet buzzed in notifications from Capitol Hill to the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Trump's advisers hurried to draft a follow-up that might help preserve the administration's position in support of the act's reauthorization.