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Trump has claimed, without evidence, that the Obama administration wiretapped him in 2016 in connection with allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the election by hacking Democratic officials.
President Donald Trump appeared to contradict the official White House position Thursday morning, criticizing the program and suggesting it played a role in the surveillance of officials on his presidential campaign. Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
Just hours before Trump's tweet, the White House had urged lawmakers to oppose new rules that advocates say could gut the program. He might direct his administration to adhere to better discipline on unmasking, but unmasking is only a small part of the objections that prompted the USA Rights Amendment, and it doesn't permanently solve even the unmasking issue.
The pro-privacy protection group includes Republicans such as Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows, Tea Party member Justin Amash and Rep. Ted Poe, along with Democratic Reps.
"It is well-known that he has concerns about the domestic FISA law".
That amendment failed Thursday morning in a 183-233 vote.
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., blasted Trump's earlier tweet as "truly incredible", highlighting the disconnect with his own White House team. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter. In a tweet Sen.
Ryan declined to answer a question from CBS News' Nancy Cordes on whether the president would sit for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the US election, as well as any collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russians.
Fox News did a segment on FISA Thursday morning around the same time Trump first tweeted, where he appeared to quote the broadcast.
Axios's Jonathan Swan reported that Hill Republicans began speculating about who might have "got to" Trump and encouraged the tweet. "Mr. President, this is not the way to go". Later, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy alerted the Republican conference that the president had tweeted again, calming lawmakers' nerves. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has vowed to filibuster the legislation passed by the House, but the Senate is ultimately expected to approve the bill.
When people want to know why I don't support Trump and the GOP, it's because they don't support the Constitution. He suggested that a vote on the bill should be delayed until the White House's position can be ascertained.
"We don't think there was a conflict at all".
This reversal has already factored into FISA debates on the House floor, and when Baier was asked about this, he said "it's kind of a mess from the administration's point of view". "And we're supposed to make those decisions to keep our country safe". Amash is also taking the lead in the House to push back against unwarranted mass surveillance. Despite the fact that Section 702 explicitly prohibits the targeting of U.S. citizens and residents, the government has routinely engaged in these "backdoor searches".