House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday he has seen reports from the U.S. intelligence community that showed communication from members of President Trump’s transition team — and possibly from the president himself — were incidentally collected as part of a broader surveillance effort.
Nunes also said he was going to the White House to brief President Trump, a planned visit which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes speaks to reporters during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 22.
When asked by reporters why it was appropriate for him to brief President Trump on his own investigation, Nunes said he did it because the collections were not related to investigations into Russia and its alleged connections to the Trump campaign. Nunes told reporters that the Trump Surveillance was Inappropriate and Alarming.
He stated that the source of this material was the NSA, who provided the information he had requested. He also said that the NSA has been cooperative, however the FBI has ignored the requests of the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes also stated that involvement by the Obama administration could not be ruled out.