Trump feels 'somewhat' vindicated after Nunes intel briefing


"This afternoon, Chairman Devin Nunes announced he had some form of intercepts revealing that lawfully gathered intelligence on foreign officials included information on US persons, potentially including those associated with President Trump or the president himself". The Intelligence panel - along with the FBI - is investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and the suspected ties of Trump's associates to the Kremlin.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said this was a "startling revelation" and that there were "a lot of questions that need to get asked; how many times was one individual followed?"

What Nunes said Devin Nunes. Nunes emphasized at the news conference that the surveillance through which the communications were collected had nothing to do with Russian Federation or any investigation into Russian Federation and the 2016 US elections.

He said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower - as President Trump has suggested.

Nunes later told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that "President-elect Trump and his team were put into intelligence reports". They are believed to include Michael Flynn, who was sacked as White House national security adviser after misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States. They also stated he appeared to be running interference for the Trump Administration, and wondered why he would tell the Trump administration - some of who are subjects of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

"I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found", Trump said.

As the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district in Los Angeles, Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

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He confirmed that he saw details that might have intelligence value.

"At the end of all that you'll have people in separate corners", Nunes said. "This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). "Now, obviously they said they have an investigation, well great - go investigate, tell us what you have".

Mr Schiff also stressed that the details mentioned by Mr Nunes just reinforced the conclusion that Mr Trump was not wiretapped by Mr Obama. Earlier this week, James Comey, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told Congress that there was no evidence to support the claims by Mr Trump, which were made on Twitter several weeks ago.

Comey also stated that the FBI was investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and the suspected links of Trump's associates to the Kremlin.