President Trump on Tuesday called on House Republicans to oppose legislation extending the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, citing abuse of law against his 201 campaign.
“I hope all members of the Republican House will vote on the fee until they are able to determine why the biggest political, criminal, and destructive scandal in the history of the United States took place!” Very Wrote on Twitter.
Trump’s call for action is a boon to the privacy of both sides, who have suffered years of narrow defeats in measures to control government surveillance. But minorities in the House need the support of Republicans as well as their left-wing Democrats who also want to change the Senate-passed bill. If the bill changes, it will return to the Senate.
Part of the bill was negotiated by Attorney General Bill Barr and passed 60-1 in the Senate earlier this month, with the Senate rejecting a single vote to protect UN Internet browsing records from warrantless collection. With 59 votes in favor And the supporter, Sen. Barney Sanders of Vermont, is missing, the provision has failed.
Trump told The Post last week during a news conference on Capitol Hill that during the Senate debate, “I said purposefully. [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch [McConnell], You go and do what you want. “
However, Trump added: “No one has been tortured more than Trump.” So I’m going to study it too. “
Before Trump called on Republican opponents on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Calehi McKenney said in a press briefing in response to a question from The Post: Will be considered immediately.
Trump faced split pressure within the Republican Party. Some allies, including Kentucky Sen. Randall Paul, had hoped Trump would block the bill, although Paul said he did not have much hope after discussing the issue with Trump.
“I think he was sympathetic to the idea that we needed more reform but basically we didn’t have the vote,” Paul said last week. “I think he should [veto the bill], But I don’t think he will. ‘
It is unclear whether Trump’s demand for further review of his campaign rhetoric will take a more specific form. The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), is already reviewing the FBI’s investigation into Russia, although Graham called on former President Barack Obama to call Trump as a witness.
On Tuesday, Trump hired a new national intelligence director, a former Texas rapist. John Ratcliffe was sworn in. In one of his final works, outgoing Acting Intelligence Director Rick Grenell called former Trump adviser Michael Flynn’s transcripts of the December 201 trans with then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2013 to lying to FBI agents, including Peter Strojk, about the calls, although he argued that he did not intentionally lie and that the judiciary went on to dismiss the case without finding any valid reason for Deflin’s interview.
Trump defenders have specifically objected to Obama administration officials blocking information obtained from FISA courts in an application to “unmask” Flynn’s identity under the FISA, or in particular to survey Carter Page, a former adviser to Trump.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation eventually found no evidence of a Trump-Russian alliance.
The FISA became law after Watergate for government surveillance. It sets the stage for surveillance for suspected spies and terrorists, but privacy lawyers say it is inadequate. In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the FISA court was approving the collection of call records from regular phone companies, which Congress ended in 2015.
Reforms to pending bills require the attorney general to sign up under the supervision of government officials, and the FISA opens the door for additional outside experts to testify in court, where government attorneys are usually represented.
Paul said last week that pending billing authorities would allow the FISA to “investigate the presidential election, which is a terrible, terrible injustice, and we should have tried to prevent it.”