By: Martin Matishak
Rep. Ted Poe is calling on President Donald Trump to postpone extending controversial surveillance programs in light of a classified report that supposedly details abuses with the efforts.
The House Intelligence Committee voted earlier this week to grant their colleagues access to the document, which some Republican lawmakers say lays out misuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The document came to light just as Congress sent a bill to Trump's desk that would extend Section 702 of FISA, a statute authorizing the online surveillance of foreign targets.
In a statement, Poe, a libertarian lawmaker, said he found the memo's conclusions "extremely concerning."
The president and his allies in the House have contended that some FISA statutes were inappropriately used to spy on the Trump campaign.
"I believe that the information that is contained in the top-secret memo would have been critical to know prior to the reauthorization of FISA ," he added. "I urge President Trump to postpone signing the FISA reauthorization into law and urge this information is made public."
It's unknown if the memo has anything to do with Section 702 itself.
The Senate voted Thursday on a bill that would renew the 702 efforts for six more years, S. 139 (115). The measure awaits president's signature.
The American Civil Liberties Union also called on Trump to veto the bill due to the memo.
As originally published by POLITICO