(AP) – The House has passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It requires the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans’ communications swept up in the process.
Legislation to renew the program that allows spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad passed the House 256-164 and now heads to the Senate.
Passage comes after a morning of confusing tweets by President Donald Trump. One of his tweets suggested that the foreign intelligence program was used to collect information that might have been used to taint his campaign. A short time later, Trump changed his tone and tweeted that the legislation needed to pass.