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Trump is hopelessly confused about his administration's position on FISA

Trump is hopelessly confused about his administration's position on FISA Trump is hopelessly confused about his administration's position on FISA
Bennie Garza | 11 January, 2018, 19:07

The White House has called on the program to be reauthorized, but the president lashed out at the program early Thursday.

While live-tweeting Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, President Trump expressed alarm that the House of Representatives may approve a bill reauthorizing the the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) - legislation that was used to surveil Trump campaign officials as part of the FBI's investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation.

President Trump sent mixed signals on a major surveillance program Thursday morning, first questioning his administration's position on the FISA program after seeing a segment on Fox News and then seeming to reverse course and urge legislators to approve the reauthorization 90 minutes later.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request to clarify Trump's tweet but he posted a clarification less than two hours later.

"House votes on controversial FISA ACT today", Trump wrote.

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. "We need it! Get smart!"

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's assertion that he "personally directed the fix to the unmasking process" is another wrinkle in the surveillance debate. Lawmakers have expressed concerns though that the government is also using the program to collect information on Americans who have been in touch with foreigners in a so-called 702 database.

The vote is the culmination of a yearslong debate in Congress on the proper scope of USA intelligence collection, one fueled by the 2013 disclosures of classified surveillance secrets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Senior government officials, however, can ask spy agencies to unmask the names of Americans or USA organizations if they believe that will help them better understand the underlying intelligence. 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".

Trump's reference to "abuse" that "the previous administration" allegedly inflicted upon him appears to be a reference to the baseless accusation he made last spring about the Obama administration "wire tapping" his phones at Trump Tower.

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

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