House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's personal communications may have been picked up by investigators through "incidental collection."
Nunes said at a news conference he discovered the potential surveillance of Trump himself while reviewing intelligence reports, but said it was not related to Russia. "This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect," Nunes said.
"This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Nunes said he alerted House Speaker Paul Ryan about the collection and is traveling to the White House Wednesday afternoon.
"I'm actually alarmed by it," Nunes said.
After making this statement to the press Nunes then ran over to the White House to tattle to Donald Trump that he was being surveilled, thereby tipping him, and his associates, off to the fact that they needed to be more careful and destroy any records of past communications that they may want to keep secret.
Keep in mind that his is "incidental collection" and does NOT mean that Trump himself, or members of his team, were being directly investigated.Reporter: "But, just to clarify, this is not intentional spying on Donald Trump?"— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 22, 2017
Rep. Nunes: "I have no idea." https://t.co/Okz2bwUl4f pic.twitter.com/tyt6OyigcT
As you might expect Twitter exploded after Nunes made an appearance outside the White House to inform the press of what he did.
Okay----real talk thread----this Nunes story is insane. In my 7 years covering the Hill, never saw something like this from Intel Chair— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) March 22, 2017
Nunes must step down. He may have destroyed an entire investigation. Chairman of Oversight has no business alerting possible targets. Shock!— FemaleOutrage (@FemaleOutrage) March 22, 2017
Nunes, who is supposed to be investigating Trump, is briefing him on leaked info received from undisclosed source. Did not inform Schiff.— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) March 22, 2017
This is story is still unfolding and I will update this post as more info becomes available.This is very simple: @DevinNunes must resign from the House Intel Committee immediately, and surrender himself to the FBI for questioning.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 22, 2017
Update: Rep. Adam Schiff weighs in.
This is all fucking unbelievable.Adam Schiff -- top Democrat on Intelligence Cmte -- releases blunt statement on what Congressman Nunes did today: pic.twitter.com/khIBihS1Jd— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 22, 2017
Update 2: Schiff now saying that evidence of collusion between Trump team and Russia "no longer circumstantial."
Holy shit! No wonder the Trump folks are in a blind panic..@AdamSchiffCA: the case against Trump of collusion with Russia is "no longer circumstantial." #nunes #TrumpRussia #theResistance pic.twitter.com/qpvvKNTSEk— #TheResistance (@AynRandPaulRyan) March 22, 2017