Via America’s Lawyer: Donald Trump’s threat to veto a bill that would have reauthorized surveillance powers for the federal government was actually enough to get Congress to put the legislation on hold. Mike Papantonio explains more.

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Finally tonight, some good news. Donald Trump’s threat to veto a bill that would have reauthorized surveillance powers for the federal government was actually enough to get Congress to put the legislation on hold, thank goodness, at least for now. The legislation was actually supported by both Democrats in the House and their sworn enemy attorney general William Barr, with both wanting the federal government to have broader powers to spy on American citizens, to spy on you. But after Trump said that he would veto the legislation, no Republicans were willing to vote, Yes, on that legislation. Regardless of your opinion of the president, this is a very good move. FISA powers have been abused by the federal government for decades and decades and after a broad expansion of those powers, following 9/11, it’s, it’s way past time for the government to be reigned in. This is absolutely an abuse of governmental power.

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Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.