U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, said on March 22 that “on numerous occasions intelligence agencies incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition”, raising concerns about spying on the newly elected president.
Nunes confirmed that the names of the Trump officials involved had been unmasked and the communications widely disseminated within the spy agencies.
The details regarding U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration had little or no apparent foreign intelligence value.
Nunes added, “I want to be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.”
Nunes, who briefed House Speaker Paul Ryan on the findings, said he planned to show the information to the White House and was “very concerned” about whether the intelligence community was spying on Trump after the elections.