Nunes Admits He Was on White House Grounds Before Wednesday Presser
- Author: Archie Newman Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 0:46
On Wednesday, Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) held a press conference announcing that he "recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the Intelligence Community incidentally collected information about US citizens involved in the Trump transition" in legal surveillance not related to Russian Federation.
In an interview Monday, Nunes told me that he ended up meeting his source on the White House grounds because it was the most convenient secure location with a computer connected to the system that included the reports, which are only distributed within the executive branch.
In an editorial written for The Guardian, Swalwell slammed his colleague Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his attempts to take the heat off President Donald Trump for his false claim that former President Barack Obama had illegally wiretapped Trump Tower in 2016.
Nunes' office did not immediately say what time the chairman met his source on White House grounds.
Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intel Committee, told CNN on Monday that the committee has been kept "totally out of the loop" on Nunes' actions and whereabouts.
Nunes was asked if the information he shared came directly from the White House, which he would not confirm or deny, stressing that "we have to keep our sources and methods here very, very quiet". "Any questions regarding who he met with or why he was here should be referred to him", Spicer said at today's press conference, adding later that he was not personally aware who Nunes had met with at the EOB.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia's involvement in the election, said Nunes' visit is "more than suspicious".
He told CNN Monday he wanted to "reiterate this has nothing to do with Russian Federation".
Nunes told reporters on Wednesday that he had briefed Trump "on the concerns I had about incidental collection and how it relates to President-elect Trump and his transition team and the concerns that I have".
One legal expert told MSNBC - the channel that first reported the allegations based on testimony from an inside source - there could be "legal ramifications" for staff who destroyed crucial evidence relating to ongoing investigations.
Nunes, whose committee is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, told reporters last Wednesday that he had information that showed Trump and his aides may have been swept up in surveillance of foreign government officials by USA spy agencies.
Several congressional committees, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US intelligence community, are investigating Russian meddling in the USA election, including the hacking and release of Democratic emails.
"This is deeply troubling", Schiff (D-Calif.) said last week. The second is about whether the Obama White House inappropriately spied on Mr. Trump and his advisers during the transition to power. "It sure seems like the White House after what came out on Monday was scrambling to do anything it could to put another smoke bomb into this investigation".