Trump feels 'somewhat' vindicated after Nunes intel briefing

by Edgar Hayes March 23, 2017, 1:57
Trump feels 'somewhat' vindicated after Nunes intel briefing

Mr. Nunes visited the White House to inform Mr. Trump that he had received information that the intelligence community had scooped up communications of Mr. Trump's aides during the presidential transition. Nunes struggled to explain why what he had discovered was important and, on a more basic level, to communicate what it was that he had discovered in the first place.

"I'm not going to get into legal definitions, but clearly I have a concern", he said. He said that after speaking with Nunes, it appeared that the names of Americans were still guarded in the intercepts, but their identities could be gleaned from the materials.

Shortly after receiving the briefing from Mr Nunes, however, Mr Trump told reporters that he felt partially vindicated.

Like the White House Patch Facebook Page. And shouldn't we all be a little alarmed that a congresscritter with a security clearance extending into the ionosphere is babbling intelligence information into a bank of microphones?

Trump has said former President Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower office a year ago. "We just know that his name leaked out but we don't know how it was picked up yet".

Nunes indicated the reports he has seen on the information collected were not related to the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the election. That claim has been roundly rejected by members of the intelligence community, including FBI Director James Comey and even Nunes himself, who again rejected the wiretapping allegation on Wednesday outside of the White House.

He said the collection occurred post-election and during the transition period in November, December and January.

It turns out Donald Trump wasn't wrong when he claimed that somebody was keeping an eye on him and his transition team. Incidental collection. There's nothing criminal (about the collection itself).

In a declassified report released in January, the intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped the NY billionaire win the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.

Nunes will travel to the White House Wednesday afternoon to discuss his findings. Sean Hannity tweeted that it "confirms SURVEILLANCE VS @POTUS".

Nunes said he hoped that by Friday the National Security Agency, CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation will comply with the committee request in a March 15 letter and provide information on all US persons whose conversations were incidentally collected and whose identities were revealed. But it's clear that these observers are right to be anxious about the misuse of Nunes' revelations - and to wonder if there was some way that Nunes could have raised his concerns without also confusing the public.


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