Speaker Johnson Lit Constitution on Fire by Casting Deciding Vote for Deep State Spies

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on Friday cast a tie-breaking vote against House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) requiring warrants to search Americans’ communications, citing the Constitution. He said it was destroyed.

Massey wrote: “That’s how the Constitution goes. An amendment to require a warrant to spy on Americans is defeated by a majority vote. This is a sad day for America. The Speaker doesn’t always vote in the House, but today… The Chair cast the tie-breaking vote. He voted against the writ.”

Sources familiar to Axios To tell The Chair did not cast a tie vote on the warrant requirement. However, his vote against the writ still acted as a tie-breaking vote to reject the amendment.

Massey spoke for the floor. tied Regarding an amendment by Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) that would require a warrant to search Americans under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Section 702 is a law that targets foreign adversaries. But they also often monitor Americans’ communications without a warrant.

Americans overwhelmingly approve of the warrant requirement. A YouGov poll commissioned by FreedomWorks and Demand Progress found that 76 percent of Americans support the agency’s policies. Required Obtain a warrant before searching Americans’ communications.

Johnson once supported the American Rights Act, which included a stronger warrant requirement than the one proposed by Biggs.

“Today is a dark day for America,” Rep. Troy Neals (R-Texas) said in a written statement after the vote. “It’s no secret that the Department of Justice and the FBI have used and abused FISA to spy not only on the greatest president of my lifetime, Donald J. Trump, but also on ordinary Americans. Without significant reforms, including warrant requirements, I could not in good conscience vote to give our weaponized Justice Department the power to conduct mass surveillance of Americans. ”

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The Speaker explained that his views on FISA developed after receiving a confidential briefing on Section 702.

When I was a member of the Department of Justice, I saw the abuse, the terrible abuse, of the FBI over and over again…and when I became chairman, I went to SCIF and looked at another perspective on it. I received a confidential briefing regarding such matters. Explain the need for Section 702 of FISA and how important it is to national security. And it gave me a different perspective.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) called the reversal a “classic example” of the D.C. cartel.

Mr. Biggs said: “It looks like you’re involved with the D.C. Cartel. I think they’re here to tell you there’s going to be blood on your hands. And the cartel is going to try to intimidate people and put fear into them. And some people forget why they took their original position.”

Sean Moran is a policy reporter at Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.