WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped as part of a surveillance effort by the government just received some unexpected backing courtesy Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Members of the intelligence community “incidentally collected” communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, Nunes, chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee, announced on Wednesday.
Nunes said the effort produced “dozens” of reports which ultimately unmasked several individuals’ identities and were “widely disseminated.”
“I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence,” Nunes said.
Nunes’ revelations support, at least in part, the president’s claims that he had been the subject of “wiretapping” at some point surrounding the election, a claim for which Democrats have widely criticized the president.
The White House was quick to respond upon hearing the news.
“There’s a lot of questions that I think his statement raises, and that I hope we can get to the bottom of,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the bombshell.
In another startling revelation, Nunes says the FBI has been less than cooperative in the investigation into the NSA’s surveillance of the Trump.
“We don’t actually know yet officially what happened to General Flynn,” Nunes said of how communications from former national security advisor Michael Flynn were leaked to the press. “We just know that his name leaked out but we don’t know how it was picked up yet. That was one of the things that we asked for in the March 15th letter, was for the NSA, CIA, and FBI to get us all the unmasking that was done.”
“And I’ll tell you, NSA is being cooperative,” Nunes continued, “but so far the FBI has not told us whether or not they’re going to respond to our March 15th letter which is now a couple of weeks old.”
When asked whether or not he had cause to believe that former president Barack Obama was behind the order to surveil Trump Nunes said that is a possibility he “cannot rule out”.