Intelligence committee chair confirms Trump surveillance

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It is now being reported that President Trump’s “personal communications may have been incidentally captured as part of a surveillance sweep conducted by the Obama administration,” according to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes , who publicly announced “significant developments” in the case to Capitol Hill journalists on Wednesday.

“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition,” said Nunes, adding, “Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, [and] details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.”

New information showing that the “Obama administration incidentally collected information on Trump and the Trump campaign” has come to light, said Nunes, noting that some of those “whose communications were picked up may have been illegally unmasked by the intelligence community.”

He stated that the surveillance was in no way related to Russia or the investigation into Russia’s activities prior to the election.

Nunes said he was very concerned about the unmasking of several Trump officials, but said that he believed the surveillance was conducted legally.

Nunes made it clear that the information was  disseminated through “raw intelligence reporting channels.”

Nunes also denied any new evidence linking the Obama administration to direct orders to wiretap Trump Tower, but he did recently say that Trump’s claim of wiretapping by Obama “should not have been taken literally.”

H/T: Daily Caller

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