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 United States intelligence community.
On Wednesday evening, the White House urged lawmakers to extend the law without the privacy safeguards.
At 7:33 a.m. ET on Thursday, he wrote, "House votes on controversial FISA ACT today".
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"The government will use this bill to continue warrantless intrusions into Americans' private emails, text messages, and other communications", Neema Singh Guliani, policy counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) was not adopted. "This bill also provides new, rigorous measures to protect Americans' privacy and to ensure the program is used properly to target foreign terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other threats to Americans' safety and security". The part in question, Section 702, would in a roundabout way allow the intelligence community to collect information about USA citizens who have spoken to foreign nationals overseas without first obtaining a warrant.
Instead, the House voted 256 to 164 in favor of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. "A concerted campaign of fear-mongering and misinformation pushed this flawed bill over the line", Wyden said in a statement following the vote. This tweet came shortly after a segment looking into the issue was aired on the Fox and Friends. There are many checks on abuse: The government may not target foreigners simply to gather information on Americans ("reverse-targeting") and all 702-authorized spying must be approved by both the attorney general and the director of national intelligence. Mike Lee also pledged his support for Paul for his reform demand, and that would put Republicans below 50 votes just from those two defectors.
The President called Paul after he sent his first tweet, a senior Paul aide said. On Thursday, White House cyber coordinator Rob Joyce said there have "been no cases of 702 used improperly for political purposes". Now the bill goes to the Senate, where it will again meet with Rand Paul's penchant for all-or-nothing grandstanding.