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Trump Derides House FISA Vote After Complaints on Bill by Fox News; Then Backtracks After GOP Panic
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12 Jan 2018 04:44 AM EST

President Donald Trump on Thursday complicated a closely coordinated effort between his administration and congressional Republican leadership on a six-year extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, otherwise known as FISA by tweeting, “House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.” This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?” After much chaos on The Hill and a call from Paul Ryan, Trump attempted to clean up the confusion surrounding his tweet later Thursday morning, writing, "With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!" Trump has been critical of "unmasking," a term used to describe revealing identities of Americans who were communicating with foreign officials under surveillance by the US intelligence community. Trumps initial tweet came after criticism of the program was voiced on FOX News minutes before and after the White House issued a statement of support for the bill, saying that Section 702 "is vital to keeping the nation safe" and that reauthorizing the bill before its expiration "is a top priority of the administration" on Tuesday.

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