Chairman of Intelligence Committee Says Obama Administration DID Monitor Trump

The Chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes (R-CA) just held a press conference confirming what we all should have already known – the Trump team had been surveilled by our government.

Just days after FBI Director Comey said that no such surveillance had ever taken place, Nunes was able to report that while the surveillance may not have been undertaken for nefarious reasons, it did indeed occur.

“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. 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.”

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More from Politico:

Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday.

Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia.

CNN explains that Nunes is quite concerned with what he has discovered:

Nunes said at a news conference he discovered the potential surveillance of Trump himself while reviewing intelligence reports, but said it was not related to Russia.

“This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect,” Nunes said. “This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 

Nunes said he alerted House Speaker Paul Ryan about the collection and is traveling to the White House Wednesday afternoon…

“I’m actually alarmed by it,” Nunes said. 

Nunes did not know whether the “incidental collection” happened at Trump Tower, and could not say for certain whether Trump’s communications were directly collected.
Nunes said the collection included Trump transition officials and that it happened after the election. He said he could not say whether it meant that Trump was “spied on”

“I’m not going to get into legal definitions, but clearly I have a concern,” he said.


Jeff Dunetz has more on this story at the Lid.

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