Trump says: "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?" The programs target people outside the United States, but do collect the communications of Americans who communicate with the targets of spies overseas. By late afternoon Wednesday, however, it was clear that there was a chance that the measure would fail, due in part to confusion about among rank-and-file Republicans about the role of its provisions in the alleged monitoring of the Trump campaign by Obama administration national security officials, according to three Republican members of Congress who support renewal. They are not using this data to prosecute Americans for tax evasion, they say - they are using it for terrorism cases.
The US House of Representatives gave a boost to the government's surveillance powers.
"Mr. President, this is not the way to go", he said at 6:47 a.m. ET.
Isn't it impossible for USA intelligence agencies to spy on foreigners without scooping up some American data in the process? "But it's got to be based on suspicion, and not an area code".
It is unclear what the dossier that alleges his campaign had ties to Russian Federation has to do with unmasking or reauthorizing the spying program, but Trump has repeatedly denounced it in recent days.
President Donald Trump is suggesting that a key program to collect foreign intelligence could have been used to "badly surveil and abuse" his campaign.
There are no obvious links between the dossier and the reauthorization of the spying program, but Trump has repeatedly denounced the document in recent days.
Less than 11 hours before the tweet, though, the White House reiterated its position in favor of said reauthorization and against an effort on behalf of libertarian-leaning members of Congress to limit its powers - an amendment known as "USA Rights." A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman declined to comment. "There is evidence now that some people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a bias against [President Donald Trump] and tried to get him defeated while at work or discussing among each other how to have an insurance policy".
"We have a real opportunity to get this passed in the House tomorrow", said Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who's leading the coalition of liberals and conservatives.
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Passage comes after a morning of confusing tweets by President Donald Trump. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in the Senate and by Amash, Ted Poe (R-Texas), and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) in the House.
The White House did not respond to emails requesting comment to fully clarify the president's position.
Top Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff of California called on Republican leaders in the House to withdraw the bill from consideration "in light of the irresponsible and inherently contradictory messages coming out of the White House today".
But the tweet and its follow up continued to reverberate across Washington in the hours before the vote.
Already, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including 100 House Democrats and 100 House Republicans, have joined Paul's fight to amend the section, the authority of which was extended when the short-term spending bill passed in December.
While lawmakers are rushing a January 19 deadline to get something done, Ms. Lofgren said they may have more time.
The president's chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, scrambled to the Hill, while panicked aides alerted the president to the firestorm his tweets had caused.
The president then issued another tweet in which he appeared to endorse reauthorizing the program despite his complaints. "It's a juggling act".