House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pauses while speakings during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. After a morning of confusing tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday 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. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House OKs spy program after conflicting Trump tweets

January 12, 2018 - 12:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the House have renewed a key spying law — with a new restriction on when the FBI can dig into the communications of Americans swept up in foreign surveillance. President Donald Trump's puzzling tweets about the law threw the House into temporary disarray for a while Thursday.

During a hectic morning of House votes and presidential tweets, Trump's national intelligence director also issued new guidance for how officials can find out the names of Americans whose identities are blacked out in classified intelligence reports. Trump has said previous rules were far too lax.

The most important action though was renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, reauthorizing a collection program set to expire on Jan. 19. The bill is now headed to the Senate.

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