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Surveillance act‬‬ passed despite Trump ‘abuse’ tweet | BBC News

Surveillance act‬‬ passed despite Trump ‘abuse’ tweet | BBC News

President Donald Trump prompted confusion before the vote with a tweet claiming the programme had been used to “abuse” his campaign.

The legislation passed 256-164, despite opposition from both sides. The ‘no’ votes included 45 Republicans.

Critics say the bill actually expands government powers to spy on Americans.

The act’s passage follows a year-long debate about the proper scope of US electronic wiretapping after the 2013 leaks of surveillance secrets by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.

Source: Surveillance act‬‬ passed despite Trump ‘abuse’ tweet | BBC News