White House denies FISA confusion

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump Joshua Roberts Reuters

For much of the past year, beleaguered government officials have sought to downplay Donald Trump's tweets.

After NBC's Hallie Jackson asked how in light of Trump's mixed messages, the public "is supposed to trust... that the people representing the president's position actually are", Sanders suggested Jackson was not educated enough to understand the FISA issue.

Trump's second tweet referred to claims by some congressional Republicans that Obama administration officials may have improperly "unmasked" the names of Americans - perhaps including some of Trump's own associates - whose conversations or names were incidentally picked up in foreign surveillance.

"The intelligence community and the Justice Department depend on these vital authorities to protect the homeland and keep Americans safe", McConnell, a Republican, said in a statement.

The passing controversy over Trump's FISA tweet is a case in point. The analyst, Andrew Napolitano, turned to television cameras and said, "Mr. President, this is not the way to go". The president has said that his campaign and Trump Tower was spied on by the Obama administration, calling the former president a "bad (or sick) guy!" "But it's got to be based on suspicion, and not an area code".

The US House of Representatives has approved a law allowing US spy agencies to continue intercepting Americans' private communications.

" 'House votes on dubious FISA ACT today.' This is the demonstration that may have been utilized, with the assistance of the defamed and fake Dossier, to so gravely surveil and mishandle the Trump Campaign by the past organization and others?" Rand Paul, R-Ky., who have pushed for less invasive measures. A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman declined to comment. "Today has to do with foreign terrorists on foreign soil. We need it! Get smart!"

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Nonetheless, the bill reauthorizing FISA for another six years did pass in the House this morning, but not before Trump made two contradictory tweets about the matter.

The push appeared to increase some energy even finished the protests of the Trump organization. He knows that and he put out something that I think clarified that.

"I don't think that's true", Sanders stated. She joins Jeff Zeleny as CNN senior White House correspondents.

But the tweet and its follow up continued to reverberate across Washington in the hours before the vote.

The White House issued a response to the Post's report that does not explicitly deny the quote.

Because of the confusion, Chief of Staff John Kelly was dispatched to the Hill to save legislation the White House supported.

Trump fired the 16 remaining members of the council December 28 via a FedEx letter, giving no explanation.

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