Chairman Nunes: Intel Community 'Incidentally Collected Info About U.S. Citizens Involved in Trump Transition'

Andrew Eicher | March 22, 2017 | 4:20pm EDT
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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman

of the House Intelligence Committee.


( – House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.) said today that the U.S. intelligence community "indicidentally collected" information about people involved in President Donald Trump's transition team.

"I recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the Intelligence Community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition," said Nunes at a press conference at the Capitol.

"Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration—details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value—were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting," said Nunes. "I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked.

"To be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia or any investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team," said Nunes.

Nunes said his committee will investigate the matter.

"The House Intelligence Committee," he said, "will thoroughly investigate this surveillance and its subsequent dissemination to determine: Who was aware of it? Why it was not disclosed to Congress? Who requested and authorized the additional unmasking? Whether anyone directed the intelligence community to focus on Trump associates? And whether any laws, regulations, or procedures were violated

"I’ve asked the Directors of the FBI, NSA, and CIA to expeditiously comply with my March 15 letter, and to provide a full account of these surveillance activities," said Nunes. "I informed Speaker Ryan this morning of this new information, and I will be going to the White House this afternoon to share what I know with the President."

President Trump, in response to a question during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, said he feels “somewhat vindicated” by the findings, adding, “I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found.”

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