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Trump Urges Republicans to Vote NO on FISA Bill, Citing Russia Investigation Concerns

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Republican in Congress to vote against the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the measure that sets up a separate legal means for the federal government to obtain permission to surveil individuals who could be agents of foreign governments.

Notably, FISA warrants were approved by the court to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, and officials have called for reforming the process after the Department of Justices inspector general last year found 17 significant errors and omissions during the process. Another report found that the FBIs violations of FISA rules went beyond the scope of its investigation into whether Trumps campaign colluded with Russia in 2016.

“I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!” Trump wrote on Tuesday evening. Its not clear if Trump will veto the measure if it is passed.

I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020

An investigation carried out by former special counsel Robert Mueller discovered there was no collusion between Trumps campaign and the Kremlin.

Former FBI officials who served under the Obama administration have been facing more flak in recent days after the DOJ moved to drop former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynns case on May 7, saying the FBI interview wasnt based on a properly predicated investigation and “seems to have been undertaken only to elicit those very false statements and thereby criminalize Mr. Flynn.”

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to one count of lying during an FBI interview. In January, he disavowed the plea and asked the court to allow him to withdraw it.

The Senate had approved the legislation in a bipartisan vote in May and reauthorized three expired surveillance progrRead More From Source

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