The House Intel Chief Devin Nunes made a startling revelation today. He announced that members of Trump’s transition team were “incidentally surveilled” from election day through inauguration. Nunes pointed out that the snooping on the transition team had nothing to do with the Russian probe.
Nunes: “I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. 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.
Third, I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked.
And fourth and finally I want to be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.”
It’s important to note a couple of things. When an American is incidentally caught on this type of surveillance, the law is quite implicit. the information must be destroyed. But Nunes says that not only didn’t they destroy it, they actually distributed it throughout the Intel community. That is a crime that carries a ten year sentence.
The U.S. Intelligence Community collected ‘incidental’ information about President Donald Trump’ and his transition team during the three months following the 2016 election, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes today revealed.
Nunes told reporters on Capitol Hill that the information collected was ‘legally collected’ pursuant to a warrant issued by a FISA judge in a federal court, and concerned ‘foreign’ surveillance.
But that ‘did not involve Russia or any discussions with Russians,’ Nunes said, adding that he was ‘alarmed’ to learn what he did.
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