The latest Trump wiretapping news, explained in plain English

Mar 23, 2017, 01:59
The latest Trump wiretapping news, explained in plain English

Asked whether he believed the transition team had been spied on, Nunes said: "It all depends on one's definition of spying".

Though he did not call for Nunes to step down, Schiff said the committee needed to decide whether the chair should remain.

Schiff takes it up a notch, tells both The Beast and MSNBC he's seen "more than circumstantial" Trump-Russia proof.

Nunes said he alerted House Speaker Paul Ryan about the collection and is traveling to the White House Wednesday afternoon. Congressman Schiff, a former federal prosecutor, publicly urged Nunes to decide if he is going to work to protect the American people or work as "a surrogate of the White House". And shouldn't we all be a little alarmed that a congresscritter with a security clearance extending into the ionosphere is babbling intelligence information into a bank of microphones?

The revelation follows weeks of sometimes surreal political rope-a-dope over a Twitter post by Trump in which he asked how "low" former President Barack Obama had gone to "tap my phones" during the "very sacred election process". The chairman also said the committee does not know yet whether the information was picked up at Trump tower and said it was not part of a criminal investigation.

Third, Nunes flatly denied any link between what he saw and the Russian intelligence probe: "None of this surveillance was related to Russia, or the investigation of Russian activities".

Did Comey speak too soon in debunking Trump's wiretap claim, though?

He said the collection occurred post-election and during the transition period in November, December and January. Politico's headline, "Nunes: Trump transition members were under surveillance during Obama administration", helped, even though nowhere in the report or in Nunes' statement does it allege Obama was even aware of any potential surveillance, much less that he ordered it, as Trump had accused.

Nunes said he was "very concerned" about whether US intelligence agencies were spying on Trump.

Nunes, a California Republican, told reporters at the White House he viewed "intelligence reports" that had "nothing to do with" the Trump campaign or Russian Federation.

Trump campaign advisers are now the subject of an FBI investigation and two congressional inquiries. He also said the collection happened after the election.

Despite repeating that the information was collected incidentally, though, Nunes repeatedly used language suggesting that the surveillance was somehow directed against Trump.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) condemned Nunes for rushing to the president with the information and said the chairman "cast quite a profound cloud over our ability to do our work".

"This does not back up Trump's claim at all", Bakos says. Nunes said he expects the NSA to provide more information by Friday.

This is hard to prove, of course.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Senators-Canadiens slated for National Hockey League  100 Classic outdoor game

    Senators-Canadiens slated for National Hockey League 100 Classic outdoor game

    The NHL 100 Classic will be played the evening of Saturday, Dec. 16 at TD Place, capping off the league's centennial celebrations. It's official: the Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in an outdoor National Hockey League game this December.
    Raiders considering acquiring Marshawn Lynch

    Raiders considering acquiring Marshawn Lynch

    Lynch, who turns 31 in April, announced his retirement from professional football with a memorable tweet on February 7, 2016. The Seattle Seahawks still control his rights, and if he elected to return, they'd have to either cut, trade, or keep him.
    Overwatch hero Orisa release date announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC

    Overwatch hero Orisa release date announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC

    Halt: Orisa launches a graviton charge which she can detonate, slowing nearby enemies and pulling them towards the explosion. Here's the aforementioned Overwatch video, in which the designers talk a bit more about the development of Orisa .
  • Pound jumps as inflation surges to 2.3%

    Pound jumps as inflation surges to 2.3%

    It is also more bad news for consumers who have already seen their purse strings squeezed with rising prices and stagnating wages. The central bank could now come under pressure to hike interest rates from their current ultra-low levels.

    US Government Bans Large Electronics on Flights Originating in 13 Countries

    Authorities plan to ban US-bound passengers travelling from about a dozen countries from carrying most electronic devices. The TSA not immediately respond to a request for comment, or questions regarding the directive.
    Women's hockey to USA: Pay us or face humiliation

    Women's hockey to USA: Pay us or face humiliation

    The boycott is the summation of stalled negotiations between the national team and USA Hockey that began over a year ago. The women have proposed a dollar amount to USA Hockey, but they're not disclosing it.
  • Conor McGregor's fine for throwing water bottle at Nate Diaz significantly reduced

    Conor McGregor's fine for throwing water bottle at Nate Diaz significantly reduced

    McGregor challenged the NAC'S verdict in court and requested a re-hearing, a motion the commission will discuss later today. McGregor is also expected to move to Las Vegas for the fight after birth of his first child in late April or early May.
    NCAA Denounces Confederate Flag, Does Nothing

    NCAA Denounces Confederate Flag, Does Nothing

    Protesters flew a large Confederate flag atop a parking garage just feet from a SC arena hosting NCAA Tournament games on Sunday. The NCAA does not host championship events in MS due to the prominence of the Confederate flag in the MS state flag.
    GOP congressman to Trump: Apologize for wiretap claim

    GOP congressman to Trump: Apologize for wiretap claim

    The Republican president offered no evidence for the allegation, which an Obama spokesman has said was "simply false". Charlie Dent, R-Pa., called the accusation against Britain "inexplicable" and the accusation against Obama unfounded.
  • Middlesbrough vs Man Utd Premier League live score updates

    Middlesbrough vs Man Utd Premier League live score updates

    Although he has been close to Gibson for years, their conversation following Karanka's exit proved brief. He's a talented footballer. "I've known Steve a long time.
    Arsenal boss unaware of Barcelona's interest in Hector Bellerin

    Arsenal boss unaware of Barcelona's interest in Hector Bellerin

    However, Arsenal's defence continues to give away goals and continues to make a lot of unnecessary mistakes. Arsene Wenger has ruled out any possibility that Hector Bellerin will be leaving Arsenal .

    Cancellations soar past 7000, stretch into Wednesday — Blizzard

    Adam Johnson was stuck in Philadelphia on an nearly two-hour flight delay for his flight back home to Saint Paul, Minnesota. The major airlines are waiving ticket-change fees that range up to $200 for customers who want to change their travel plans.
popular