House Intelligence Chair Nunes: Trump’s Personal Communications May Have Been Collected with Normal Foreign Surveillance

House Intelligence Chair Nunes: Trump’s Personal Communications May Have Been Collected with Normal Foreign Surveillance

Wednesday, the House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes announced that in the process of the FBI investigation the Trump campaign for possible collusion with the government of Russia, that there was potential surveillance of Trump himself but said it was not related to Russia. “I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition,” Nunes said. The investigation, Nunes said, was not related to the Russian connection to the Trump campaign.

Continuing speaking, Representative Nunes stated that there have been “significant developments” in his committee’s investigation into any Obama administration surveillance of the Trump team. According to Nunes, “details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.” Nunes’ comments were also a bit confusing. When asked if the collection or unmasking of members of the Trump team, Nunes stated that “I’m really alarmed by the unmasking,” but when asked if the investigation was a legal one, he stated, “I believe it was all done legally. I think it was all obtained legally.” On the question of whether the unmasking of some of Trump’s team, Nunes stated that may have been illegally unmasked by the intelligence community. Nunes said the collection included Trump transition officials and that it happened after the election.

Nunes also stated that t that there is no evidence yet that the Obama administration ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower, as Trump claimed on Twitter earlier this month. The information picked up by intelligence agencies was also disseminated through “raw intelligence reporting channels.” Nunes again said though he still has not seen evidence that President Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower. Nunes also did not share this information with this co-chairman of the Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff but is meeting with the President to share what he said he has seen in the documents. The supposed documents Nunes is referring to, per the Justice Department, are unknown to them and they had no information on Nunes accusation.

The release of this information by Representative Nunes does beg the question if Nunes is playing Republican v Democrats. In other words, should there be an independent investigation into the question of the possible “wiretapping” of Trump Tower, of the President himself and the question of the connection to Russia. Nunes proved to settle that question with his announcement was not shared within the committee and the statement of whether this would be called spying. “I guess it all depends on the definition of ‘spying,” Nunes said. Followed up by “I’m not going to get into legal definitions here, but clearly I have a concern. After Nunes met with the President Trump, Trump added that he felt somewhat vindicated by Nunes findings as far as being spied on by President Obama.

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