Senate votes to debate key NSA surveillance program after Trump's contradictory tweets

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway upon his arrival at the West Wing of the White House

Trump cast doubt on his support for the legislation in a first tweet that suggested the law "may have been used ... to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign", and the next - 101 minutes later - made clear the President supported the legislation.

On Thursday morning, Donald Trump posted a Tweet expressing his skepticism about the government surveillance.

Allows for the restarting of "about" collection, an invasive type of surveillance that the NSA ended a year ago after being criticized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for privacy violations.

The House reauthorized a controversial spying program on Thursday.

At 7:33 a.m. ET on Thursday, he wrote, "House votes on controversial FISA ACT today. We need it! Get smart!" he followed up. "And our amendment stands for the simple proposition that when you want to spy on Americans, get a warrant", Amash said during a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

"We don't know, but despite the statements that they have the votes to bring it down, I don't think they do", Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said of the lawmakers who oppose the privacy amendment. Section 702 can't be used to target any US citizen, "any other USA person" or any foreign citizen within the United States.

Nothing about Section 702 poses a genuine privacy threat to Americans.

Both Republicans and Democrats have pushed back against linking the controversy over unmasking to the FISA programme the House is seeking to extend.

The tweets came hours before the House was set to vote on a bill to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and an amendment that would have reined in some of the government's surveillance powers.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA Act, outlines US procedure for physical and electronic surveillance of foreign powers and their agents suspected of espionage or terrorism. This bill doesn't just renew Section 702 for six years; it also codifies permission for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to access and use data secretly collected by Americans for a host of criminal cases that have nothing to do with protecting America from foreign threats.

House Republican leaders and top administration officials believed early Thursday morning that they were in good shape to pass the plan, even though it faced opposition from the right and the left and is always a heavy legislative lift.

"No president should have this power", she said.

After the House approved the renewal, Paul vowed to fight it in the Senate. "Now it is time for Leader McConnell to do what Speaker Ryan did, and allow Senators a chance to vote and offer amendments on the Section 702 reauthorization debate".

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