Nunes did offer a few new concrete specifics to reporters gathered outside the White House, where he had just briefed the President. These included a firm assertion that Trump’s own communications were caught up in intelligence community reports that were “widely disseminated” among intelligence agencies—a claim he hedged on earlier this afternoon.
Though he did not identify the number of people in these reports, whose identities he said were “inappropriately” unmasked, Nunes replied affirmatively when asked if any of the individuals “currently work at the White House for Mr. Trump.”
Repeating that all the information he has seen to date was collected legally, Nunes also divulged that it “has to deal with FISA and multiple FISA warrants,” referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Nunes rushed to the White House to brief Trump on his recent findings at the same time that his committee is in the middle of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the election, which includes a probe into ties between Trump allies and Russian officials.
Reporters asked him if it was “appropriate” for him to discuss details of classified surveillance reports with Trump and the press, particularly without first consulting his committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), about the content of these reports.
Nunes defended his conduct, claiming the intelligence reports he has seen have “nothing to do with the Russian investigation” and that he had a “duty” to tell the President about “possible surveillance activities.”
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