House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes went to the White House on Wednesday afternoon to personally brief President Trump about intelligence he says he has seen regarding surveillance of foreign nationals during the presidential transition.
The surveillance could have inadvertently picked up the president or members of his transition team, the chairman said.
“What I’ve read seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal. I don’t know that it’s right,” Nunes said to reporters outside the White House. “I don’t know that the American people would be comfortable with what I’ve read.”
“The president needs to know these intelligence reports are out there,” Nunes added. “I think the president is concerned, and he should be.”
President Trump was asked if he felt vindicated after Nunes’s visit in his claims that he was wiretapped during the campaign at his Trump Tower headquarters by President Obama’s administration. That claim has been roundly rejected by members of the intelligence community, including FBI Director James B. Comey and even Nunes himself, who again rejected the wiretapping allegation on Wednesday outside of the White House.
Nunes’ behavior seems unprecedented Is it his place to go call on the President to alert him to irregularities? Why didn’t someone from the FBI, CIA, or NSA go inform the President if it was appropriate? Why is a congressman doing this?
Furthermore, what the hell is he talking about? I listened to his press conference and it sounded like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. What intelligence reports? Why aren’t the FBI and NSA aware of these reports?
I smell a huge, giant rat, once again. It sounds like Nunes is providing one big cover-up. Surely not. Maybe he just wanted to be on TV. His press conference told me nothing.