The House just renewed a warrantless surveillance law without any privacy reform

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Interested in Donald Trump? It remains to be seen if Trump is actually thinking about changing that position, but if he did, it would obviously represent a very significant development for the controversial program, and Trump of course has veto power over such things.

The trouble began for the plan after a morning salvo on Twitter, where the President said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign". 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.

That tweet seemed to contradict a statement from the White House just 12 hours earlier which expressed clear support for the measure, - and it seemed to support a proposed amendment to reform the program that the White House had also said it didn't want.

Amash's proposal - which is cosponsored by Rep.

"It is well-known that he has concerns about the domestic FISA law". Justin Amash (R-Mich.) over the one offered by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee - and for good reasons.

During a week in which President Trump called himself a "very stable genius", he has once again proved that the White House he inhabits is not a particularly stable place - thanks to him.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the Nunes bill is so "deeply flawed" that it jeopardizes the renewal of the anti-terrorism law altogether. In a tweet Sen.

Republicans have long raised concerns that the dossier, written by a British spy and funded in part by the Democratic National Committee, was used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as justification to secure a FISA warrant and monitor members of the Trump campaign over concerns of collusion with Russian officials. The move follows unsubstantiated charges by President Donald Trump that his predecessor's administration spied on his campaign and improperly "unmasked" the identities of his associates during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition.

But the fate of the programme appeared to be in jeopardy on Thursday, after the president tweeted his doubts about it, questioning his administration's position after seeing a segment about it on Fox News.

But two hours later, Trump wrote a clarification, asserting that he had directed changes to the reauthorization of the surveillance permissions. "Mr. President, this is not the way to go". But the president's mixed messages sent shock waves through the House GOP, which was gathered for a regular conference meeting when the first of the president's tweets came out.

Following Trump's tweets, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked Speaker Paul D. Ryan to pull the FISA reauthorization bill from the floor and delay the planned vote, according to a senior Democratic source.

"FISA stands for the foreign intelligence surveillance act and I would submit that if we don't put the F back in FISA it becomes ISA and Americans should know that the eyes are on them", Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Virginia-5) said.

"We don't think there was a conflict at all".

In March 2017, the president infamously tweeted that Obama, who he called a "bad (or sick)" individual, had his wires tapped at Trump Tower.

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