Minutes later, Trump tweeted that the law may have been used, quote, "to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign by the previous administration and others".
It is unclear how Trump "personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office", since the bill's author, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California, stripped the major changes to unmasking procedures from the measure before presenting it for a vote by the full House.
As noted by Matthew Gertz of Media Matters, Trump's Thursday morning tweet appeared to be inspired by a Fox & Friends segment featuring Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, who urged Trump not to support FISA reauthorization. To ensure a smoother ride, Senate majority whip John Cornyn (R-TX) suggested that the House bill might get attached to the omnibus spending bill that will need to get approved by January 19th to avoid a shutdown, which is coincidentally the same date as the expiration of 702's current authorization. "The government obtains this data without a warrant and in massive amounts, based on a promise that it is not trying to access Americans' communications". Justin Amash and Zoe Lofgren. In the past, some lawmakers had made attempts to put into place some privacy limitation in the program mainly because it looks through the private communications of Americans such as emails, texts and phone calls.
The 256 to 164 vote to extend Section 702 allows the government to collect the emails and other communications of foreign targets located overseas from US companies.
Over an hour and a half later, the president followed up with a separate tweet making the case for reauthorization.
"No president should have this power". Meanwhile in the Senate, Kentucky's Rand Paul-as usual unwilling to offer any reasonable compromise and preferring press conferences instead-began loudly and ignorantly threatening to filibuster the bill when it came to the Senate.
As part of the negotiations with conservatives, Republican leaders allowed one amendment with the changes the bill's opponents wanted to get a vote - with the assumption it would fail but would at least give these members the chance to say they got something. But agencies also use it to spy on Americans through two loopholes: backdoor search and "about collection". 191 Republicans and 65 Democrats voted for it; 119 Democrats and 45 Republicans voted against it.
Paul, along with Sens.
The bill will now go to the Senate, where it will likely face some debate.