President Donald Trump has told Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) that he doesn’t support the House surveillance deal that would keep the FISA secret courts in place.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are working to reform the surveillance state and want to kill the House deal that preserves the status quo. They hope that President Trump will veto the legislation if it is put on his desk.
“Many Republican Senators want me to Veto the FISA Bill until we find out what led to, and happened with, the illegal attempted ’coup’ of the duly elected President of the United States, and others!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued a report that showed extensive incompetence and impropriety in how the FISA court operated in the Russian collusion investigation, pertaining in particular to former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. This has been a game changer in terms of how mainstream Republicans view the secret court system.
Lee has seized upon the controversy and President Trump turning against the surveillance state to make the case for rolling back the Big Brother measures put into place after the 9/11 attacks.
“He still has concerns with FISA and that many senators are pointing out the flaws in the reforms package passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives this week, that many have encouraged him to veto that legislation,” Lee said during an impassioned floor speech, referring to Trump.
“If the president of the United States himself has reason to be concerned about FISA, what about the rest of Americans?” Lee asked.
A White House official has confirmed that President Trump is interested in reform but has yet to commit to vetoing the woeful House deal and putting his entire political capital behind ending the unconstitutional FISA secret court system.
“There is a lot of interest in the significant reform that conservatives drove to completion to address the abuses of FISA against him and other innocent members of the 2016 campaign,” the White House official said.
Attorney General Bill Barr, who has said that pedophile sex fiend Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, supports the House surveillance deal that rubber-stamps FISA. He is attempting to trick President Trump into believing that the legislation constitutes legitimate reform.
“I have reviewed the House FISA bill and support its passage,” Barr said in a statement. “The bill contains an array of new requirements and compliance provisions that will protect against abuse and misuse in the future while ensuring that this critical tool is available when appropriate to protect the safety of the American people.”
President Trump will have to resist the deep state as well as members of his own administration if he wants to drain the swamp and protect the 4th Amendment.