Thursday, March 23, 2017

Peter King: Trump Surveillance Report Shows 'Shameful' Intel Violations

As seen on The O'Reilly Factor
Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) called the revelation that President Trump's transition team was identified during incidental surveillance activity "extremely significant."
King said the fact that Trump's name appeared in the reports obtained by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was one of a few violations that were committed.
Trump nor his associates were being wiretapped, King said. Instead the surveillance focused on foreign individuals who referenced them.

Woodward: Surveillance Report Likely 'Highly Classified Gossip' About Trump
As seen on The O'Reilly Factor

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward said that allegations from a report that say President Trump's transition team was named in surveillance reports of foreign individuals would be "gross violations."
A couple of diplomats who were legitimately wiretapped were talking about meeting Trump or his team, Woodward said on "The O'Reilly Factor."
House Intel Chairman: Trump’s Communications Possibly Picked Up By ‘Incidental’ Surveillance
 By Ali Vitali, Kasie Hunt and Ken Dilanian
NBC News
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday he has seen reports from the U.S. intelligence community that showed communication from members of President Trump's transition team — and possibly from the president himself — were incidentally collected as part of a broader surveillance effort.
The collections were not related to investigations into Russia and its alleged connections to the Trump campaign.
Nunes told reporters the collection appeared to be "normal" and "all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.
He would not identify the source of this material and implied he had seen it independently. He said he briefed House Speaker Paul Ryan about the documents Wednesday morning.
It's not clear if he showed the material to the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff. A spokesman for Schiff initially declined to comment.
Nunes also said he was going to the White House tin the afternoon to brief President Trump, a planned visit which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed.
Nunes said he was "alarmed" by the findings.
"I believe it was all done legally. I think it was all obtained legally. The question is was it masked," Nunes told reporters.
Nunes also said he did not share the information with the ranking Democratic member of the intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, before holding the press conference.
Spicer called Nunes' claims a "startling revelation" and lambasted what he saw as the media's "presumptive" tone of negativity toward the administration on the issue.
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