• Sat. May 8th, 2021

Statement by Assistant AG Stephen E. Boyd on the House of Representative’s

Statement by Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd on the House of Representative’s

Statement by Assistant AG Stephen E. Boyd on the House of Representative’s Consideration of Legislation to Reauthorize the U.S.A. Freedom Act

(STL.News) – Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd released the following statement:

“The Department worked closely with House leaders on both sides of the aisle to draft legislation to reauthorize three national security authorities in the U.S.A. Freedom Act while also imposing reforms to other aspects of FISA designed to address issues identified by the DOJ Inspector General.  Although that legislation was approved with a large, bipartisan House majority, the Senate thereafter made significant changes that the Department opposed because they would unacceptably impair our ability to pursue terrorists and spies. We have proposed specific fixes to the most significant problems created by the changes the Senate made.  Instead of addressing those issues, the House is now poised to further amend the legislation in a manner that will weaken national security tools while doing nothing to address the abuses identified by the DOJ Inspector General.

Accordingly, the Department opposes the Senate-passed bill in its current form and also opposes the Lofgren amendment in the House.  Given the cumulative negative effect of these legislative changes on the Department’s ability to identify and track terrorists and spies, the Department must oppose the legislation now under consideration in the House.  If passed, the Attorney General would recommend that the President veto the legislation.”

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