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3/22/2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Confirms Info Was Collected On Trump Transition Team

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 1:12 pm

[guest post by Dana]

But, as Chairman Nunes (and Rep. Adam Schiff) make clear, they do not have any evidence supporting President Trump’s claim that President Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower before the election.

President Trump told CNN that he feels “somewhat vindicated” after being personally briefed by Chairman Nunes about this:

The U.S. intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of President Trump’s transition team and the information was “widely disseminated” in intelligence reports, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Wednesday.

“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition,” Nunes told reporters.

“Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.”

He said that “additional names” of Trump transition officials had been unmasked in the intelligence reports and indicated that Trump’s communications may have been swept up as well.

The intelligence collected has nothing to do with Russia or the investigation into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to Nunes.

“I want to be clear — none of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team,” Nunes said.

Professor Reynolds notes:

It’s the “widely disseminated” part that may be felonious.

Gabriel Malor clarifies the terminology:

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…and follows it with the obvious question:

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Two takeaways:

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–Dana

6 Comments »

  1. Interesting, Adam Schiff tweeted this afternoon:

    Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way.

    Comment by Dana — 3/22/2017 @ 1:16 pm

  2. I wonder if Trump claimed Obama wiretapping him to distract from the story he knew was coming: There are connections between some of his staffers and Russia.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/22/2017 @ 5:04 pm

  3. I don’t think so. I believe that if there was any tangible dirt on Trump’s people, it would have been leaked already. I believe that a lot of what had Democrats off balance and confused is that they had been led to believe it was there.

    Comment by SPQR — 3/22/2017 @ 8:48 pm

  4. We’ll see. I suspect there is dirt, at least on Manafort and possibly others, but there is an increased fear in DC that leakers will be prosecuted. As a result, it will take more time for leakers to figure out safer ways to leak.

    I’ve been thinking about why Nunez scurried to the White House to brief Trump. Apart from currying favor with Trump, he did it because every US and foreign government telephone and Internet line in DC is recorded/under surveillance and most DC lines, too. So if Trump campaign folks talked to a foreign government representative in DC, it was recorded. But that’s an inconvenient fact, isn’t it?

    Comment by DRJ — 3/23/2017 @ 8:58 am

  5. Hey, Autocorrect! It’s Nunes, not Nunez.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/23/2017 @ 8:58 am

  6. I wonder how Trump is going to get around having his conversations recorded. That’s a lot of phones to worry about. I’m sure he will try something. Only talk in person or call selected people? Talk in code? That’s the path to paranoia and being sheltered like Nixon, but it explains why Obama seemed so much like Nixon at times.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/23/2017 @ 9:02 am

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