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Title: WH about-face: Trump now opposes 702 renewal?
Source: HotAir
URL Source: https://hotair.com/archives/2018/01 ... dicts-wh-gop-section-702-vote/
Published: Jan 11, 2018
Author: Ed Morrissey
Post Date: 2018-01-11 12:16:51 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 95
Comments: 2

Was Donald Trump for the PATRIOT Act before he was against it? Later today, the House will vote on reauthorizing the controversial Section 702 of the law, which has come under fire for its potentially overbroad reach. Opponents of the current law have offered a “USA Rights” amendment to the bill aiming to curtail government surveillance authority and jurisdiction, which has picked up bipartisan support. Republican leadership opposes the USA Rights amendment, and at least as of yesterday, so did the Trump administration, which issued a statement urging the House to reject it and preserve 702 as is:
here’s the very strong @PressSec statement last night opposing the amendment being offered to 702 reauth today. Admin has been hand/glove with GOP leaders on this effort to this point pic.twitter.com/4jbYmQlKEA

— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 11, 2018

And that held up for … oh, twelve hours or so. This morning, Trump blamed Section 702 for the “discredited and phony” Steele dossier produced by Fusion GPS and other abuses with this message on his favorite platform:
“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?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2018

That may complicate matters for the Section 702 renewal, which has already been delayed once. Privacy advocates have made a strong push to roll back 702, efforts led by both conservatives and liberals in both chambers of Congress:
The pro-privacy protection group includes Republicans such as Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows, Tea Party member Justin Amash and Rep. Ted Poe, along with Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Jerrold Nadler. It also includes Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Steve Daines.

On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee decided to allow debate on an amendment backed by a contingent of 40 lawmakers led by Amash and Lofgren. The amendment would require the FBI to obtain a warrant before it begins searching the NSA’s surveillance database for information on American citizens.

The group is pushing back against legislation passed by the House Intelligence Committee that would require a warrant only if the information the FBI obtains is to be used in a criminal proceeding — a bar that Amash, Lofgren and Nadler say is so low that it is meaningless.

Lofgren also is sounding the alarm on the scope of collection. Unlike the 2015 clash among lawmakers on provisions of the Patriot Act that revolved around intelligence agencies being able to collect metadata on Americans’ phone calls — data that showed who called whom, when and for how long, but not the content — the current debate involves content of calls and emails.

Without some changes to 702, Rand Paul has threatened to filibuster the 702 renewal in the Senate:
“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.

He added, “I will filibuster and do whatever to stop that.”

Paul said he would vote to reauthorize Section 702, however, if there are protections in place for Americans’ private information, and added that he supports the USA Rights Act, another amendment to the program proposed by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan.

Bear in mind that 702 reauthorization is a high priority not just for the intel community, but also for Trump’s own Department of Justice and its domestic counter-terrorism efforts. Until this morning, they probably figured that they could focus their resources on Capitol Hill to push it through. Now they may need to reconvince the commander in chief all over again. Otherwise, Trump’s broadside this morning will give political cover to the USA Rights amendment’s advocates, and might even spell trouble for Section 702 entirely.

And so far, we don’t even know why Trump appears to have reversed himself, or at least the White House position which presumably got it from Trump. Is internal communication that bad, or is Trump that mercurial?

Update: Fifty minutes later, the climb-down:
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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2018

“Get smart”? It was looking more like KAOS this morning on Twitter.

Trump appears to be arguing now that he’s already fixed the law, but that’s not possible. He might direct his administration to adhere to better discipline on unmasking, but unmasking is only a small part of the objections that prompted the USA Rights Amendment, and it doesn’t permanently solve even the unmasking issue. He’s given Paul and other privacy advocates plenty of steam for their amendment vote today, and now Mike Lee has pledged his support to Rand Paul to get it:
I stand with @SenRandPaul. Americans deserve 4th Amendment protections. https://t.co/3qLdrr4Ykx

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) January 11, 2018

Update: “Disarray” …. or KAOS? Thanks to Trump’s tweets, the reauthorization might get pulled altogether:
I’m hearing that Trump’s FISA tweets have thrown both party’s whip counts into total disarray, making it very hard to predict what happens with the vote.

— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) January 11, 2018

Hearing a lot of opposition to #FISA702 on house floor. Bill might get pulled. @WashTimes #fisa

— Alex Swoyer, esq. (@ASwoyer) January 11, 2018

That would be a huge mistake, says James Comey:
Thoughtful leaders on both sides of the aisle know FISA section 702 is a vital and carefully overseen tool to protect this country. This isn’t about politics. Congress must reauthorize it.

— James Comey (@Comey) January 11, 2018

That’s probably not an endorsement the White House will cite today, though.

Update: Pelosi says Ryan should check in with the president before putting 702 reauthorization up for a vote:
JUST IN: House Minority Leader Pelosi has asked Speaker Ryan to cancel today's FISA vote in light of President Trump's tweet, a senior Democratic aide tells @NBCNews.

— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 11, 2018


Poster Comment:

McConnell and Ryan must be tearing their hair out. Too funny.

In the interim, Ryan managed to pull the House together enough to pass the bill. On to the Senate!

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#1. To: Tooconservative, Amash, Civil Rights Champion Trump, Paul, vs the DC swamp, *Bill of Rights-Constitution* (#0) (Edited)

Rand Paul & Justin Amash stand with President Trump against Pelosi, Ryan, and the Constitution hating D&R swamp dwellers.

hondo68  posted on  2018-01-11   12:51:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: hondo68 (#1)

It's out of the House now so Amash and Massie and Jim Jordan and the Freedom Caucus are no longer as important.

We move now to the Senate. Mike Lee was tweeting his support for Rand and his efforts to block this.

If Lee stands with Paul, McConnell can't pass it in the Senate without a number of Dem votes. That's a lot of bribes for McConnell to be forced to offer to Red-state Dems and others. And once it is known that the Turtle is tossing bribes around the Senate, all the hogs will be lining up at the trough.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-11   12:54:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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