House Reauthorizes Surveillance Bill, Ryan Clarifies Trump's Concerns

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Posted: Jan 11, 2018 12:00 PM
House Reauthorizes Surveillance Bill, Ryan Clarifies Trump's Concerns

The House of Representatives has reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for six years. Section 702 permits the collection of information on Americans if they are communicating with foreign individuals who are under surveillance.

The White House supports the bill, but President Trump raised concerns about it Thursday morning, wondering whether FISA had anything to do with the controversial dossier that tried to link him and his winning presidential campaign to the Kremlin.

It spooked some Republicans and it led to a phone call between the president and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan appeared to have convinced Trump on the merits of the legislation, for the president tweeted a second message voicing his support.

Another fan of the FISA bill is former FBI Director James Comey, who called the law a "vital and carefully overseen tool to protect this country."

At a press conference following the vote, Ryan cleared up Trump's tweets. 

"He has concerns about the domestic FISA law," the speaker explained, not the 702 bill.

The president "knows" that's not what today's vote was and he clarified his position.