The Meaning of Devin Nunes’ Revelation of “Incidental” Spying on the Trump Campaign by the Obama Administration (Townhall, 3/23/17)

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By Fred Fleitz

Although congressional Democrats and the mainstream media will never admit it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ statement yesterday that the personal communications of the Trump campaign and possibly Trump himself were collected by U.S. intelligence agencies through “incidental collection” is a bombshell. 

Specifically, Nunes said:  

“None of this intelligence collection was related to Russia or investigations of Russian activities or the Trump team.  

“The U.S. Intelligence Community on numerous occasions collected information on U.S. citizens involved with the Trump transition. Nunes said this collection was legal and incidental.  

“Details associated with U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no intelligence value, were widely disseminated in Intelligence Community reporting.  

“Additional names of Trump campaign team members were “unmasked” from these intelligence reports.”

 In response to this new information, Nunes asked the FBI, CIA and NSA directors to provide a full account of these surveillance activities. Nunes posed these questions that he wants the Intelligence Committee to investigate:  

“Who was aware of this collection?  

“Why was this collection not disclosed to Congress?  

“Who requested and authorized the additional unmasking of the names of Trump officials from intelligence reporting?  

“Whether anyone directed the Intelligence Community to focus on Trump associates.  

“Whether laws, procedures or regulations were broken.” 

So what does this mean?  

I believe this new information confirms that the Obama administration really was using U.S. foreign intelligence agencies to conduct domestic surveillance of the Trump campaign. Nunes’ information suggests this may have been done by scouring intelligence collected for other reasons to find references to Trump aides that Obama officials could leak to the news media to hurt Trump before and after the election.

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