Trump’s Hard Stance on FISA Reforms

Trump's Hard Stance on FISA Reforms

The USA Freedom Act is up for renewal, but President Trump is adamant in his stance of not supporting extensions of surveillance laws without reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court.

Trump met with Attorney General William Barr and other high-profile conservative legislators to deliberate on how to deal with the deadlock over prolonging the USA Freedom Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) were included in this meeting. According to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), it was a “spirited discussion.”

GOP allies of Trump have been critical of the current state of FISA, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

Congress passed a 90-day extension of the law back in December, which is almost up. If Congress is unable to reach a decision on how to proceed, McConnell said that he’d prefer to have another extension.

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