The cloak and dagger activities by the US House’s Intelligence Committee’s Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) around 3/22/17 has political pundits buzzing because the whole saga makes no sense. A lot of us are trying to figure what was the real reason for Mr. Nunes trip to the White House to look at intelligence data on 3/21/17, only to be followed up the next day by a trip to the White House again, when the representative claims he advised the republican President Donald Trump directly about the intelligence he recently studied, which the president already had at his fingertips.
It has been alleged that all this subterfuge was designed to give the president some cover over his assertion that the President Barack Obama had him wiretapped/ surveilled while he was transitioning into his new role. Rep. Nunes was to pretend that a whistle-blower shared data indicating that the president’s name was detailed in incidental material gathered by the US intelligence community.
Some of us are not buying the current explanations. We are assuming that we are still missing a piece of the puzzle to make sense out of this bizarre saga.
Here is a timeline of what happened on 3/21-3/22/2017...
On 4/1/17, Katie Bo Williams of the The Hill penned the following report, “Devin Nunes, Trump and the Russia probe: A timeline:”
“It’s the biggest mystery gripping Washington, D.C.: Why did Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) do what he did?”
“The beleaguered House Intelligence Committee chairman last week took a trip to the White House to view documents he says expose the widespread incidental collection of surveillance on Trump transition team members.”
“No one else had at that point seen the documents.”
“The unusual sequence of events — and Nunes’s often-opaque explanations — have led committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to suggest that the White House was “laundering” intelligence through the committee.”
Saturday, March 4
“President Trump tweets a claim that former President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the campaign.”
Wednesday, March 15
“President Trump tells Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that “We are going to be submitting certain things (to the Intelligence Committee).”
“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks,” he said.”
Monday, March 20
“FBI Director James B. Comey publicly announces that the bureau is investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee — a hearing widely interpreted as bad for the White House.”
Tuesday, March 21