All this came as House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters that members of the Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under USA government surveillance following November's presidential election.
"What I've read seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal". "The Republican Intelligence Committee chairman whom Trump is citing even said the claim is false".
"I told him that anything that came to me had to be shared with all members of the committee", Hamilton said.
Nunes then traveled to the White House to brief the president.
Donald Trump also claimed in March that his predecessors at the US Administration had listened in during his election campaign in his Trump Tower residence. Democratic colleagues are questioning his objectivity because of his unusual move to brief the President yesterday about information that he says bothered him in intelligence reports. "I've gotta believe other members of the committee are horrified at what they just witnessed".
Additional names of Trump transition team members were "unmasked" in the widespread reporting.
"I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on US individuals involved in the Trump transition", Mr. Nunes told reporters.
The question is why was it unmasked if it was unmasked, and then who was on the dissemination list and why was the list so broad? he added.
CNN reported Wednesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation has information that indicates Donald Trump's associates communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign. He also said the surveillance was legally collected under a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant.
"Maybe they didn't meet the minimum qualifications. You have to ask yourself why did they end up in intelligence reports".
The anti-Trump editorial followed "conservative" Fox News undermining its own commentator, Judge Andrew Napolitano, whose sources said that the surveillance was conducted by the British to give USA intelligence officials plausible deniability. He said that the committee had now seen "more than circumstantial" evidence suggesting coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "We don't know exactly how that was picked up, but we're trying to get to the bottom of it".
Mr. Trump and his aides have been beset by a number of leaks from within the intelligence community, and the president has demanded a probe into those leaks.
"There's other things you said that haven't panned out", Scherer said.
"Everything about it was wrong", Schiff said.
"It was a rupture in a relationship with the committee in a highly sensitive topic", says Mark Lowenthal, who served as a Republican staff director of the House permanent select committee on intelligence during the Bill Clinton administration. This week Comey also confirmed the bureau's investigation into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation.
The senior Republican's decision to disclose the information before talking to committee members outraged Democrats and raised questions about the independence of the panel's investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election and possible contacts between the President's associates and the Kremlin. He has said the only "major crimes" he is aware of are the leaks to the news media on those topics. "Incidental collection. There's nothing criminal (about the collection itself)".
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