Donald Trump rocked the political world with his allegation Barack Obama spied on him.
Democrats and the media claimed there was no evidence to back up his claim.
But that all changed with one press conference.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes dropped a bombshell that communications of members of the Trump transition team – and possibly including those of Donald Trump himself – were picked up as part of incidental surveillance.
Nunes said the spying disturbed him and that the Trump officials caught in the surveillance were unmasked, which is a federal crime.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“When pressed if the communications were collected from Trump Tower, Nunes could only answer, “We don’t know. We don’t know that.”
“Well, I guess it all depends on one’s definition of spying,” Nunes said when asked if he thought the intelligence community was “spying” on Trump during the transition period, as Trump has claimed. “I mean clearly it bothers me enough, I’m not comfortable with it, and I want to make sure the White House understands it.”
Nunes said he has other concerns about the procedures that appeared to have allowed the persons’ names to first be “unmasked” and then later disseminated.”
You can watch video of Nunes remarks below.
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 22, 2017
Nunes also released a statement that contained tantalizing clues about what he learned and what lines of inquiry he is willing to pursue.
Here is a transcript of that extraordinary, hint-dropping statement by the Republican chair of the House intelligence committee on tapping: pic.twitter.com/3sBOozBOfo
— Alexander Panetta (@Alex_Panetta) March 22, 2017
President Trump was asked about Nunes briefing and said he felt somewhat vindicated by his comments.
President Trump added, via pool: "I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found."
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) March 22, 2017
American Patriot Daily News will keep you updated on any new developments in this story.