Nunes on WH Grounds Day Before Announcing Trump Surveillance

Posted March 28, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced Wednesday that communications among top Trump campaign advisers - and perhaps even President-elect Donald Trump himself - were incidentally intercepted by USA intelligence agents in November, December and January as part of unrelated information-gathering efforts.

The meeting occurred before Nunes disclosed at a news conference that US spy agencies may have inadvertently captured Trump and his associates in routine targeting of foreigners' communications.

Two congressional sources said Nunes was with a staff member Tuesday night when he got a message, got out of the vehicle and got into an Uber.

And a rep for Nunes went further in a statement, saying Nunes was at the National Security Council offices, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, situated on White House grounds, in order to view classified information in a secure room.

The chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of USA citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that the White House had been wiretapped. Devin Nunes confirmed this morning he viewed confidential information about intelligence gathering that swept up Trump associates on White House grounds.

"I'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them", Mr Spicer said. "I'm not - it just doesn't - so I don't know why he would brief the speaker and then come down here to brief us on something that we would have briefed him on".

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After an uproar over the allegations and the fact that he briefed Trump first before members of his own committee, Nunes apologised on Thursday for the way he handled the information. He was a member of Trump's transition team, as well.

On Sunday, Schiff said on CBS' "Face the Nation", "I think the chairman has to make a decision whether to act as a surrogate of the White House - as he did during the campaign and the transition - or to lead an independent and credible investigation".

It came a day after FBI Director James Comey told Nunes' panel that his agency was investigating possible "coordination" between Trump aides and Moscow.

The committee Nunes chairs is conducting one of two ongoing congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election and alleged links between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

He added that Nunes' reported behavior - two congressional sources told CNN Nunes was with a staff member Tuesday night when he got a message, got out of the auto and got into an Uber, and staff didn't hear from him again that night - was "bizarre" and "loopy". Mr Kushner is the fourth Trump associate to offer to be interviewed by the congressional committees looking into the murky Russian Federation ties. Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, and veteran Republican operative Roger Stone offered Friday to testify before Nunes's committee.