The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials—possibly including President Donald Trump himself—may have been scooped up in legal surveillance and improperly distributed throughout the intelligence community.
Rep. Devin Nunes said the intercepted communications do not appear to be related to the ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates’ contacts with Russia or any criminal warrants.
Nunes, who served on Trump’s transition team, said he believes the intelligence collections were done legally, but that the identities of the Trump officials and the content of their communications may have been inappropriately disseminated in intelligence reports.
“What I’ve read bothers me and I think it should bother the president himself and his team,” Nunes said Wednesday after briefing Trump at the White House.
Trump said he felt somewhat vindicated by the revelations, despite the fact that Nunes said the new information did not change his assessment that the president’s claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper was wrong.