House Intel Chair: 'Big Problem I See' Is Having an American Citizen's Phone Calls Recorded

By Susan Jones | February 15, 2017 | 9:45am EST
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (AP File Photo)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, says Washington "can be a rough town for honorable people" such as former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and he said the focus of his committee's investigation will be the monitoring of phone calls and leaks by the intelligence community.

“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer,” Nunes told the Washington Post. “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”

Flynn was still a private citizen when he spoke the Russian ambassador on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russia because of Russia's interference in the U.S. election. But President-elect Donald Trump had already named Flynn as his national security adviser.

In a statement issued before Flynn was forced out of Trump's cabinet for misleading Vice President Pence about what he discussed with the Russian ambassador, Nunes noted that Flynn served in the U.S. military for more than three decades:

"Washington, D.C. can be a rough town for honorable people, and Flynn--who has always been a soldier, not a politician--deserves America's gratitude and respect for dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security. I thank him for his many years of distinguished service," Nunes said.

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