Trump Signs Surveillance Law 01/20 09:58
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bill into law
to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program, announcing his action in
the latest in a series of confusing tweets about the spy program.
Trump's tweet on Jan. 11 created chaos in the House just before it voted to
reauthorize what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act. He linked the intelligence program to a dossier that alleges
his presidential campaign had ties to Russia.
That caused people to wonder if he didn't support the program that allows
U.S. spy agencies to collect intelligence on foreign targets abroad.
"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 presidential tweet said.
Trump and other Republicans have alleged that Obama administration officials
improperly shared the identities of Trump presidential transition team members
mentioned in intelligence reports. Democrats say there is no evidence that
Shortly before the House vote, and after conferring with House Speaker Paul
Ryan, Trump did an apparent about-face.
"This vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign
land," he tweeted. "We need it! Get smart!"
In his tweet announcing that he has just signed the bill, Trump wrote: "This
is NOT the same FISA law that was so wrongly abused during the election. I will
always do the right thing for our country and put the safety of the American
There are no obvious links between the dossier Trump spoke of, which
includes salacious but unsubstantiated allegations against him, and the
reauthorization of the spying program, or between the program and Trump's
oft-repeated claims that the Obama administration conducted surveillance on
Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.