Congress to vote on surveillance bill

President Trump Tweeted Against His Own Bill. Now Congress May Delay the Vote

Trump Mocked After Doing a 180 on FISA in Under Two Hours. He's Now Claiming He 'Personally Directed the Fix' to Unmasking.

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

The House is set to vote Thursday on renewing what's known as Section 702 of FISA, a law that allows the National Security Agency to collect texts and emails of foreigners overseas without an individualized warrant, even when they communicate with Americans in the U.S. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., spoke by phone with Trump, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was dispatched to the Hill.

"He's aware of it", said Ryan. He added that Trump's "woes" began with surveillance.

"In light of the irresponsible and inherently contradictory messages coming out of the White House today, I would recommend that we withdraw consideration of the bill", said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, in a House floor speech.

Trump and his supporters say investigators have used false information in the dossier as part of their probe, a claim the president echoed in an earlier tweet.

"My worry is that they also collect information on millions of Americans, and I don't want that database to be searched without a warrant", the Kentucky Republican said.

Scheduled for this week, the House Rules Committee will meet to consider a bill re-authorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which, according to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) "allows the government to conduct warrantless searches on Americans and maintain massive troves of our data".

Lawmakers in the House are weighing whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have to get a warrant to either query information on Americans in the database or seek a warrant only if the Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to actually view the contents of the material and use it for investigating and prosecuting domestic crimes.

"We allow information to be gathered on foreigners in foreign lands without the Constitution".

The final vote was 256-164.

That amendment failed Thursday morning in a 183-233 vote. As such, the vote isn't expected to be a hurdle for proponents of the law.

The bill still has to pass the upper chamber of Congress, where Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden are staunchly opposed.

On Wednesday, the president mentioned his former rival three times while taking questions with Norwegian Prime Minister Edna Stolberg, referring to the former secretary of state as "my opponent".

The president appeared to contradict the position of his own administration.

For instance, in July 2016, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced the Homeland Safety and Security Act (H.R.5611).

If hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt did a segment on how trains cause cancer, the president would immediately tweet: "TRAINS ARE KILLING HARDWORKING AMERICANS!"

Trump also appeared to describe the extent of the border wall differently at various points in the meeting.

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. Fox aired a segment on Thursday morning where controversial contributor Andrew Napolitano criticized FISA as the beginning of Trump's "woes" with respect to the investigations into Russian Federation interference into the 2016 election that have embroiled his administration and family members.

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