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DOJ urges Trump veto on FISA legislation, vote in limbo

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, Rep. Jim Jordan appears on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox Business to discuss the Republican hold up of FISA.

The Department of Justice urges President Donald Trump to veto on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act legislation. The vote is in limbo. This was reported by Fox News within the last 24 hours. Fox reported on Wednesday that the Justice Department has urged President Trump to veto the legislation to reauthorize surveillance authorities that was used by the FBI just hours before a vote. FISA currently hangs in limbo. Fox reports that FISA reform, if it hits the Senate floor, would reform the FISA court process. 

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President Trump was urged by Ted Lieu, a current U.S. House Candidate, CA-33, to veto the FISA bill in 2018. FISA gave permissions to spy on foreign groups, but also to perform surveillance on Americans without a warrant. 

“Dear @realDonaldTrump: I’m sorry to report Speaker Ryan misled you on FISA. We all agree we should spy on foreigners. The ONLY issue in dispute is SPYING ON AMERICANS WITHOUT A WARRANT. Your original position was right. You need to veto this bill or demand @justinamash amendment,” said Ted Lieu via Twitter at 10:48 am on January 12, 2018.

Mr. Lieu posted this comment to a retweet of a post by Philip Rucker. 

“About yesterday’s FISA “ping-pong” by the president… Ryan had to call for 30 mins to explain surveillance policy to Trump. Lawmakers freaked out. Kelly intervened. POTUS was confused,” said Rucker via Twitter at 8:12 am on January 12, 2018, sharing a report from The Washington Post. The Washington Post’s report described Mr. Trump’s confusion over the security policy that led to a “101 minute scramble” of discussion over it.

Mr. Trump’s initial confusion has led to his current dissatisfaction with FISA policy. Mr. Lieu likewise expressed his further concern over Trump’s apparent regret for authorizing FISA. 

“Dear @realDonaldTrump: I told you so. I told you so. I told you so.

You signed into law in 2018 the FISA law you are complaining about today,” said Lieu via his Twitter at 3:18pm on May 27. 

Trump has, in the meantime, been quite vocal regarding FISA and its applications. He retweeted a post by Twitter username Dr. ConservaMom within the last 12 hours that specifically mentioned FISA along with the Obamagate narrative. 

“Hey @Jack– while you’re at it- can you #FactCheck all #FISA applications?



#Trump2020,” said Dr. ConservaMom. The original tweet was posted at 5:32 pm May 27. 

Then, earlier on May 27, Trump denounced alleged abuses of the FISA. 

“If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it. Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!” said Trump in a tweet that posted at 5:16pm on May 27. 

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Before this, Trump also became a bit vehement regarding the discussion surrounding FISA and Obamagate. 

“WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE OF AMERICANS IS WRONG!” said Trump in a tweet that was posted at 1:09pm on May 27. 

He likewise had this to say regarding Obamagate. 

“OBAMAGATE MAKES WATERGATE LOOK LIKE SMALL POTATOES!” said Trump in a tweet that posted at 6:38am on May 27.

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