As Matthew Gertz of Media Matters pointed out, Trump's decision to denounce FISA was tweeted at the same time that "Fox & Friends" was connecting the act to Trump's ongoing woes over accusations that his presidential campaign colluded with Russian government officials.
The House voted against an amendment to the bill that would have required warrants in some cases for intelligence agencies to read Americans' communications with "non-U.S. persons" who are under surveillance.
The House is rejecting a measure to impose stiff restrictions on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation uses information on Americans' communications inadvertently swept up in the collection of foreign intelligence.
Before voting the bill today, House representatives shot down an amendment that would have forced United States law enforcement officials to at least get a warrant when searching for data on United States citizens collected in this database. The problem, according to privacy advocates and civil liberties groups, is that the emails, photos, texts and other electronic communications of USA citizens and legal US residents are also collected while our government is spying on foreigners.
President Donald Trump had an interesting day on Twitter. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, for his own amendment in the Senate, which has a little over a dozen senators from both parties as co-sponsors. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, and Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, would also have ended incidental collection of information on Americans.
The program became public in 2008 after the Edward Snowden revelations, and privacy and citizen rights groups have been trying to shut it down ever since, calling it a "backdoor to the Fourth Amendment" that allows USA authorities to sift through USA and non-US citizens' private conversations without a warrant.
The White House also issued a statement of policy backing the House bill and sent Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to the House to monitor the vote.
Thursday's vote was 233-183 against the measure.
The FISA reauthorization vote passed the House Thursday afternoon - absent the privacy protecting amendment Trump appeared to endorse.
The House-approved legislation calling for a six-year renewal still must clear the Senate before Trump can sign it into law. That pedigree, however, was not enough to help him get a coveted D.C. parking spot.
After speaking on the phone with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the president posted a follow-up tweet barely two hours later. At 9:14 a.m., @realDonaldTrump seemed to try to clarify his stance via Twitter, saying: "With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".
"Mr. President, this is not the way to go", he said.
The Amash alternative would also have permanently prohibited "abouts" collection, and the bill's opponents said that Americans deserve better protections.
Allan Kornblum was not just an advisor to the court; he actually helped author the FISA Act itself. Because of the intelligence collected under this program, a foreign terrorist on foreign soil, the number two man at ISIS, who was in line to become the next leader.
As the tweet buzzed in notifications from Capitol Hill to the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Trump's advisers hurried to draft a follow-up that might help preserve the administration's position in support of the act's reauthorization.
Democrats mocked Trump for his criticism of the FISA law, and his repeated claims he was subjected to it.