President Trump vindicated?
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community collected multiple conversations involving members of Donald Trump’s transition team after he won the election last year.
He said the intercepts he’s seen appear to be legal and weren’t targeted at the transition team or related to Russia. But he said he was troubled by the collection — which he said was part of unrelated foreign surveillance — and the fact that the intelligence community reported the names of transition team members internally.
“I’m actually alarmed by it,” Nunes, a California Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. “Details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in an intelligence community report,” he said. He said he didn’t know if Trump’s “own communications were intercepted.”
The disclosure may bolster Trump’s effort to back up his disputed claim in Twitter postings that the Obama administration “wiretapped” him, which he later amended to say that his team was under surveillance. FBI Director James Comey testified before the House committee this week that “I have no information that supports those tweets.”
“I do think this is a startling revelation,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
Nunes said he expects to learn more on Friday. His panel asked U.S. intelligence agencies for details on members of Trump’s team whose communications may have been intercepted by U.S. spy agencies.
He said he’s informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of the new information, “and I will be going to the White House this afternoon to share what I know with the president and his team.”
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Reported by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma
Wednesday afternoon, 22 March 2017
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