The House Freedom Caucus released a statement last night.
The pro-Trump and pro-American caucus will not support the FISA renewal with the flimsy reform proposals that still allows corrupt FBI-CIA officials to spy on Americans on ginned up accusations.
Members of the Freedom Caucus have long called for reforms to FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). Recent revelations that FISA was severely and repeatedly used to spy on a presidential campaign are beyond the pale—if the government can misuse this system to spy on a presidential campaign, they can surely do it to any other American citizen.
As Congress considers reauthorizing FISA, anything short of significant and substantive reforms would betray the trust of the American people. The House Freedom Caucus will oppose any bill that does not meet a Constitutional standard for the protections of American citizens’ rights. We will also oppose any ‘clean’, short-term reauthorization of the current, harmful version of FISA.
Enhanced penalties for abusing the system and additional layers of certification from the Department of Justice and the FBI are insufficient to gain our support, particularly when, to date, no one has been charged with a crime for previous abuses. A proposal for additional scrutiny when elected officials and candidates are the target of investigations similarly misses the point: politicians don’t need more protection from government spying than their fellow citizens. More fundamental changes to standards of evidence and process that mirror as closely as possible our Article III courts are needed to gain our support.
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) March 11, 2020
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Lou Dobbs last night that the current proposed FISA reforms will do nothing to protect President Trump and the American public from corrupt deep state officials.
The current “reforms” will still allow federal officials to continue to spy on Americans.
It’s been over four years now that Obama officials started spying on the Trump campaign.
So far no one has been arrested or convicted for their criminal acts.
This is unbelievable!
Abuse of Power: @RepAndyBiggsAZ says the proposed FISA reforms will do nothing to protect @POTUS & Intel officials will continue to spy on Americans. #KAG2020 #AmericaFirst #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/yFREqUNOAG
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 10, 2020