Devin Nunes Discusses Trump’s Transition Team
Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Chairman, said that certain members on Donald Trump’s transition team, perhaps including POTUS himself, were under surveillance after the November election.
Trump’s allies and the White House took Nunes’ statements as proof about Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Towers. Nunes has said that’s not exactly what his information portrays.
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff from California blasted Nunes for withholding information.
Democrats Uproar Over Chairman’s Claims
According to Politico:
“Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, cast doubt on Nunes’ claims in a fiery statement and blasted the chairman for not first sharing the information with him or other committee members.
“Schiff also slammed Nunes for briefing the White House on Wednesday afternoon, given that the Intelligence Committee is in the middle of an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, including possible collusion with the Trump team.”
Rep. Adam Schiff revealed:
“The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both.
“And unfortunately, I think the actions of today throw great doubt into the ability of both the chairman and the committee to conduct the investigation the way it ought to be conducted.”
Controversial Surveillance Made Routine
Nunes began this controversy in a news conference where he described this surveillance as an “incidental collection,” downplaying the government snooping as routine and legal, if not expected.
This type of “collection” can occur when a person within the United States communicates with foreign targets. Obama’s administration could essentially create a loophole by routing a call to Canada and then confirm it as an international call.
Rep. Adam Schiff also concluded:
“In my conversation late this afternoon, the chairman informed me that most of the names in the intercepted communications were in fact masked, but that he could still figure out the probable identity of the parties. This does not indicate that there was any flaw in the procedures followed by the intelligence agencies. Moreover, the unmasking of a U.S. person’s name is fully appropriate when it is necessary to understand the context of collected foreign intelligence information.”
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