Appearing on Fox News with Lou Dobbs, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said President Trump will not sign a clean authorization of the Patriot Act unless there is FISA reform.
JusttheNews reports leaders that he will not support a clean reauthorization of surveillance laws without significant reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system that was abused during the Russia collusion probe, a senior White House official says.
The surveillance provisions are set to expire on March 15, and the White House indicated to Republican leaders Tuesday that it would support only a temporary, 30-day extension to allow Congress to iron out the reforms.
House Democratic leaders have indicated publicly they are open to bipartisan compromise.
“Just got back from the White House. @realDonaldTrump made it abundantly clear that he will NOT accept a clean reauthorization of the Patriot Act without significant FISA reform! I agree with him!” Kentucky GOP Sen Rand Paul tweeted Tuesday.
Just got back from the White House. @realDonaldTrump made it abundantly clear that he will NOT accept a clean reauthorization of the Patriot Act without significant FISA reform! I agree with him!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 4, 2020
Trump and other Republicans have expressed frustration with reported abuses of the FISA program including some — outlined in a report by the Department of Justice’s Office Of The Inspector General — by the FBI in its surveillance of Carter Page, a former 2016 Trump campaign adviser.
Paul told Fox Business he suggested to the president that one reform include banning the use of FISA courts — “which is a foreign intelligence court” — to spy on American citizens.
Paul instead suggests that intelligence gatherers be required to get approval from a “Constitutional, Article 3 court” to surveil American citizens.
“This would protect Americans from the abuses that happened to the Trump campaign,” Paul told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs. “But these abuses could happen to Republicans or Democrats if we have biased people in either the FBI or the intelligence agencies, so I think the best reform is let’s take Americans out of FISA, and let’s keep the foreign surveillance court targeted towards foreigners.”
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