Intel Chair Nunes: I was right to tell the White House before my Committee
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Thursday said he was right to tell the White House before committee members that he had new evidence suggesting potentially improper surveillance of President Trump and associates.
Nunes also made clear that he had not apologized to Democratic members of the Intelligence Committee for keeping them in the dark. Nunes said that he didn’t want Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee’s top Democrat, or his colleagues, publicly sandbagging him before he presented his findings
If anything, the only wrongdoing discovered is likely the handiwork of Obama and Clinton loyalists in the Intelligence Community, or possibly the previous White House, who participated in improper leaks, Nunes believes. On that basis, Nunes sees no grounds to turn his investigation over to a special counsel or a special House select committee.
Intelligence committee member Rep. Mike Turner (R., Ohio) said he shared Nunes’ concerns about improper spying.
“An outgoing administration reviewing the communications of an incoming administration is highly inappropriate and raises serious concerns,” Turner said in a statement.
“The incidental collection, subsequent dissemination, and unmasking of individuals related to the presidential transition team needs to be carefully investigated as there are real concerns about whether minimization procedures were appropriately followed,” he added.
Intelligence agencies are authorized to spy on foreign targets under two different authorities. One authority is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a special federal court, and the second is a presidential directive known as Executive Order 12333.
Electronic surveillance under the executive order does not require court approval.
TONIGHT on ‘Hannity’: Devin Nunes Discusses Explosive Surveillance Revelations
A day after his bombshell revelations about “incidental” surveillance of President Donald Trump’s associates, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) will join Sean Hannity tonight at 10pm ET for a must-see interview.
Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says
Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.
The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.
The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.
h/t Daniel Higdon