March 23, 2017
You don’t say?
Woopsies, it may turn out that there’s evidence the intelligence community spied on Trump after all.
Some people are going to have a lot of backtracking to do.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes went to the White House on Wednesday afternoon to personally brief President Trump about intelligence he says he has seen regarding surveillance of foreign nationals during the presidential transition.
The surveillance could have inadvertently picked up the president or members of his transition team, the chairman said.
“What I’ve read seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal. I don’t know that it’s right,” Nunes said to reporters outside the White House. “I don’t know that the American people would be comfortable with what I’ve read.”
“The president needs to know these intelligence reports are out there,” Nunes added. “I think the president is concerned, and he should be.”
tfw you announce to the President he’s been spied on after all.
It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on here, but my guess would be that the intelligence community has realized that Trump actually has evidence of the spying/wiretapping, and are now trying to do preemptive damage control before he drops his proof.
So the idea that they want to spread is that “yeah, we might have wiretapped Trump tower or whatever, but it was accidental; we just wanted information on foreign nationals.”
Nice try, but that’s not going to be enough.
President Trump was asked if he felt vindicated after Nunes’s visit in his claims that he was wiretapped during the campaign at his Trump Tower headquarters by President Obama’s administration. That claim has been roundly rejected by members of the intelligence community, including FBI Director James B. Comey and even Nunes himself, who again rejected the wiretapping allegation on Wednesday outside of the White House.
“I somewhat do. I must tell you I somewhat do,” Trump said following Nunes’s visit. “I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found. I somewhat do.”
If Trump has evidence of the wiretapping (and I sure hope he does), he’ll have to drop it soon. Otherwise, his enemies are going to have the time to weave some narrative to explain away whatever proofs he might have.
They’re going to have to explain why Obama phone-tapped everything that moves, too.
But yeah, if the intelligence community admitted to Nunes that they “might have accidentally spied on Trump,” it’s because they’re worried. They certainly don’t want to be caught with their pants down, after having sworn up and down that absolutely no wiretapping could possibly have occurred.
Things are getting interesting.