aside Devin Nunes Attempts To Affirm The President’s Claim of Wiretapping

Image result for photo of david nunes and trumpThe US Congress Representative Devin Nunes who is the (R-CA) chair of the House’s Intelligence Committee appears to have stepped outside of his oversight duties by deciding on his own to inform our republican President Donald Trump of intelligence information that he garnered which may offer some nebulous cover for the president’s suspicions that he has been the subject of a wiretap/ surveillance by the previous administration.

This may end up to be nothing of significance but it shows that Mr. Nunes acted in a partisan manner. This is a serious breach of what his role as chair for the US House’s Intelligence Committee is supposed to be.

Image result for photo of david nunes and trumpHere is the rest of the story…

On 3/22/17, Byron Tau of The Wall Street Journal is reporting the following:

Excerpts:

“The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that some communications from people involved in President Donald Trump’s transition operation were intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies.”

“Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R, Calif.) said the surveillance of the incoming president’s team appeared to be what is called “incidental” collection, meaning that Trump transition officials whose communications were intercepted weren’t the intended targets of the surveillance.”

Image result for photo of david nunes and trump“Mr. Nunes also added the surveillance appeared to be legally authorized as part of foreign-intelligence-gathering activities on behalf of one or more government agencies. Mr. Nunes described himself as alarmed by the revelations, which he said were brought to him by sources that he declined to name.”

“Mr. Nunes’s comments add to a deepening mystery around Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated charge that former President Barack Obama’s administration wiretapped Trump Tower, which serves as Mr. Trump’s Manhattan home and place of business—a charge that Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department said is not backed up by any information.”

“Mr. Nunes didn’t inform his counterpart, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, that he planned to make his Wednesday announcement, according to a spokesman for the California Democrat.”

Image result for photo of david nunes and trump“Mr. Nunes, who is leading a congressional investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections, also said the information collected by the U.S. intelligence agencies didn’t seem to be related to any investigation of Russia.

Democrats and their allies have questioned Mr. Nunes’s independence from the White House, given that he served on the executive committee of Mr. Trump’s transition operation.

“His political agenda is getting in the way of an unbiased investigation, and this latest development further demonstrates the need for a special prosecutor to oversee this investigation,” said Sabrina Singh, a spokeswoman for the liberal group American Bridge.

Reading a brief statement to reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Nunes said, “I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.” He added, “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.”

Related imageAccording to Mr. Nunes, the intercepted communications came in November, December and January—during the period after Mr. Trump won the election but before he was sworn in as president on Jan. 20. During this period, Mr. Trump’s transition team got government office space and resources to help prepare for the transfer of power between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration.”

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Sean Spicer

“White House press secretary Sean Spicer later Wednesday read aloud Mr. Nunes’s remarks and confirmed that he would visit the White House later Wednesday to brief the president.”

Mr. Spicer called the announcement a “startling revelation” but declined to comment further until Mr. Nunes briefs the president.

“I don’t want to start talking or guessing what he may say,” Mr. Spicer said.”

“Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey said in a hearing in front of the Intelligence Committee that the bureau was conducting an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether members of Mr. Trump’s campaign collaborated in any way.”

“Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter this month that Mr. Obama had tapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, a claim Mr. Obama forcefully rejected through a representative. “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

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James Comey and Paul Ryan

“But the bipartisan leadership on Capitol Hill, including members with access to classified information, haven’t substantiated Mr. Trump’s claims. The two top members of the House Intelligence Committee also repudiated Mr. Trump’s claims. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) chimed in Thursday, saying that “we’ve seen no evidence” for the wiretapping claims.”

“In a Monday hearing in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Comey said both the FBI and the Department of Justice reached the same conclusion.”

12 comments

  1. Trump’s offices were not “wiretapped” in the traditional sense. But that does not mean his administration, or anyone in government were not surveilled. All forms of electronic communication, be it computer, email, phone, wireless, skype etc are being captured by the NSA. All that’s needed to listen in is a federal court order.
    The real issue is has a FISA court order been granted to the previous administration for the purpose of undermining the electoral process. FBI director Comey has made it clear that’s not the case. Trumps team called for a special prosecutor or a special congressional committee to oversee the investigation.
    It should be interesting how this case will end. Either way, Obama is immune to prosecution b/c of presidential immunity. Trump is looking for credibility and control, but he’s not leading correctly, just looking for blame, creating unnecessary scandal.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Louise Mensch of Heatstreet, a conservative broke the story that the FBI successfully obtained a FISA warrant on 10/15/16. This claim has been confirmed by the BBC News and the Guardian.

      In short, DT and cohorts may have been under surveillance but it was not at the direction of President Barack Obama.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. If one were to read the words from Mr. Nunes applying plain English to the meaning of the words, it becomes very apparent that he really used a lot of words to say nothing that was not already alleged. I might note that he actually contradicted the testimony of the witnesses in the hearing about King tRumps people being intercepted talking to a know Russian spy. Does anyone want to guess what King tRump has offered this person to spin this story in this manner?

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I don’t know what he was doing. It looks like he was desperate nuts! You could be right about him getting heat from DT, cohorts or voters.

      Ciao, Gronda

  3. Gronda, I mentioned in another post of yours, Nunes needs to recuse himself from this and we need to move to an Independent investigation. Four comments. Nunes represents the US of America, so he needs to remember where his oath lies – this is an incredible breach of conduct on Nunes part. It was reported in The Hill ten hours ago the FBI is seeing evidence of collusion between the Trump camp members and the Russians in a campaign to discredit HRC. Nunes comments, if true, seem to support the contention if intelligence was surveilling certain actors on the Russian side, why are they picking up calls from Trump folks? This issue is bigger that Republicans and Democrats, which has been Senator McCain’s point all along. Finally, Carl Bernstein of Watergate reporting fame has been saying for some time now there is a cover up going on. I agree. For the sake of our country, we need to get to the bottom of this issue – it matters not whose party occupies the White House. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I am choosing to have faith in the FBI and the US Senate Intelligence Committee because I don’t have much of a choice.Because of Rep. Nunes actions, I am not counting on the US House Intelligence Committee to conduct a competent investigation.

      Of course there will be attempts to cover up and this is why I am writing away to demand a well staffed independent commission. I’m convinced that this is the best way to checkmate any attempts at an cover up.

      Ciao, Gronda

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