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Pelosi Pulls FISA Bill Vote Following Trump Veto Threat

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2020 10:35 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., late Wednesday night pulled a vote on the FISA bill after President Donald Trump threatened to veto it.

Pelosi made the decision after speaking to the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, according to The Hill.

The legislation would have reauthorized key provisions used to investigate terrorism and espionage in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that expired in March. It would also add oversight and restrictions to the U.S. government's ability to collect private information on Americans.

Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday:

"If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it. Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!"

Trump has slammed FISA for months as a result of the Russia probe.

Attorney General William Barr, who helped craft key privacy provisions in the original bill, opposed the latest version and urged Trump to veto it, saying the legislation goes too far and would weaken national security tools.

The legislation being considered in the House is nearly the same as what was passed in March, with the addition of one Senate amendment.

House Republican leadership urged GOP members not to vote for it.

"We just formally announced a whip against it, because No. 1, it's not going to become law. No. 2, there are still so many questions that need to be answered about real abuses that happened in the FISA system," Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, La., said at a press conference.

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After President Donald Trump threatened to veto it, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., late Wednesday night pulled a vote on the FISA bill.
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