Trump Appears to Contradict White House Position on FISA: 'Surveil and Abuse the Trump Campaign'

| JAN 11, 2018 | 1:55 PM

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UPDATE [01/11/18, 9:28 a.m. EST]:

President Donald Trump, two hours after initially appearing to contradict his administration's stance on Thursday's upcoming FISA vote, qualified his comments by stating “we need” the measure reauthorized.

“Today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land,” Trump wrote.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning and seemingly put his weight behind Congress voting to drop Section 702 of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which, according to the president, may have been used by the previous administration to “so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign.”

“House votes on controversial FISA ACT today,” Trump wrote. “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?”

However, as many on Twitter pointed out, Trump's comment appears to be in conflict with his own administration, which has been working to have the measure reauthorized.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for lawmakers to make the surveillance law permanent. “We look forward to working with you to ensure the speedy enactment of legislation reauthorizing” the law, “without amendment beyond removing the sunset provision, to avoid any interruption in our use of these authorities to protect the American people,” Sessions and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, wrote in a letter to lawmakers last Septemeber.

Just on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "This amendment would re-establish the walls between intelligence and law enforcement that our country knocked down following the attacks of 9/11 in order to increase information sharing and improve our national security.

“The administration urges the House to reject this amendment and preserve the useful role FISA's Section 702 authority plays in protecting American lives.”

The president also suggested Thursday morning that either former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or the Democrats may have paid Russians off during the 2016 campaign.

“Where are hidden and smashed DNC servers? Where are Crooked Hillary Emails? What a mess!” Trump wrote.

Trump also tweeted another quote from Fox News' morning show “Fox & Friends,” this time claiming illegal immigration to be at a “45-year low.”