Representative Devin Nunes requested a meeting Wednesday with President Trump to brief the commander-in-chief on the “inappropriate” collection of Trump and his team’s communications by the intelligence community.
Nunes seemed most troubled by the unmasking of names of U.S. persons that were caught up in the incidental collection and the ‘widespread’ dissemination their identities and activities.
“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,” said Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee told reporters in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“This definitely goes beyond what happened to General Flynn,” said Nunes adding, “The NSA has been cooperative, but so far the FBI has not told us whether or not they are going to respond.”
When asked about the briefing in the White House Press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that this all “had just happened” and that they will see where it goes after the briefing.
The congressman said that they did not know who ordered the surveillance or for what purpose when asked if former President Obama requested the activity.
“We don’t know who sent the taskings, if the taskings were changed into what went into these intelligence reports, but we’re going to try and find that out.”