The chairman of the House intelligence committee has backed down from his dramatic assertion that Donald Trump and his aides were "monitored," by U.S. spies — a claim the Republicans have cited this week in emails to loyalists.
Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Friday he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance that has become a source of controversy since Nunes made it public in two news conferences this week.
"He said he'll have to get all the documents he requested from the (intelligence community) about this before he knows for sure," his spokesman, Jack Langer, said earlier.
Nunes continued to refuse to say how he had learned about the surveillance, including whether his source was in the White House.
I want to say WTF here but that doesn't even seem to cover this.
This idiot went before reporters, not once but twice, claiming that he had seen this evidence and that he was "actually alarmed by it."
And now he is not sure that he saw anything of the kind?
What's more Nunes just cancelled a major public hearing with former CIA director John Brennan, former DNI James Clapper, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
This was how Nunes explained this decision:BREAKING: Chairman just cancelled open Intelligence Committee hearing with Clapper, Brennan and Yates in attempt to choke off public info.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 24, 2017
Panel chairman Devin Nunes said he had to cancel next Tuesday's hearing with officials from former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration in order to have a classified briefing with the directors of the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"The committee seeks additional information ... that can only be addressed in closed session," Representative Nunes told reporters.
But Rep. Schiff was having none of it:
Representative Adam Schiff, the intelligence committee's top Democrat, said the cancellation was not in the public interest.
"I think that there must have been a very strong pushback from the White House about the nature of Monday's hearing. It's hard for me to come to any other conclusion about why an agreed upon hearing would be suddenly canceled," Schiff told a separate news conference.
At this point there is literally no other conclusion that can be reached except that Nunes is attempting to sabotage this investigation.
The only question I have is who has the dirt on Nunes?
Trump or Putin?