Trump to meet with Republicans amid deadlocked surveillance fight

Trump to meet with Republicans amid deadlocked surveillance fight
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE will meet Tuesday with Republicans on both sides of a looming surveillance fight as lawmakers have deadlocked about how to handle soon-to-expire intelligence programs. 

A White House official told The Hill that the meeting would be "broader" than just senators, also including House members as well as administration officials. 
 
That meeting is expected to include lawmakers who support using the upcoming USA Freedom Act reauthorization to make broader changes to the court associated with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). That group is expected to include Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet House GOP stages mask mandate protest MORE (R-Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine MORE (R-Ky.), as well as Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanKinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Jordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 AP Fact Check rates GOP claim Pelosi blocked National Guard on Jan. 6 'false' MORE (R-Ohio) and Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsMeadows says Trump World looking to 'move forward in a real way' Trump takes two punches from GOP Watchdog urges Justice to probe Trump, Meadows for attempting to 'weaponize' DOJ MORE (R-N.C.) among others, several sources told The Hill.
 
The Wall Street Journal reported that Attorney General William Barr will also attend the meeting. Justice Department spokespeople didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday night. 
 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) and other GOP lawmakers who support extending the USA Freedom provisions without the broader surveillance changes are also expected to attend the White House meeting.
 
The White House meeting comes a week after Barr pitched Senate Republicans, during a closed-door lunch, on passing a "clean" reauthorization of the three expiring USA Freedom Act provisions that deal with "lone wolf" surveillance, roving wiretaps and a controversial call records program that lets the government request phone metadata. 
 
Barr told Republicans that he would then use his own rulemaking authority to make changes to the FISA court, which critics have argued for years does not have enough transparency or privacy protections for those targeted for government surveillance. 
 
But that's done little to quash growing support among Republicans for using a bill that reauthorized the USA Freedom Act provisions to go ahead and make broader FISA changes. 
 
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found 17 "significant inaccuracies and omissions" in the FISA warrant applications regarding Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The watchdog's findings have raised new concerns about the potential for abuse within the FISA court. 
 
Paul knocked Barr in a tweet on Monday, saying it was "no surprise" that he supported extending the USA Freedom provisions without making broader FISA reforms. 
 
"To protect all Americans from domestic surveillance we absolutely must block the FISA court from spying on Americans!" he said. 
 
Congress has until March 15 to extend the three USA Freedom Act provisions. 
 
So far neither chamber has been able to advance legislation either at the committee level or on the floor. 
 
 
Trump has previously spoken over the phone with both Lee and Paul about using the USA Freedom reauthorization legislation to make broader FISA changes. Jordan and Meadows also met last week with Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBlack community group loses bid to acquire downtown LA Mall despite highest offer Kushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 MORE on the issue.
 
—Updated Tuesday at 11:47 a.m.