The following day, prior to notifying fellow committee members, Rep Nunes spoke to House Speaker Paul Ryan and then called for an abrupt press conference where he stated, "the intelligence community incidentally collected information about us citizens involved in the Trump transition".
The intelligence committee's ranking Democrat Alan Schiff on Wednesday accused his opposite number of acting on behalf of the White House, instead of behaving impartially.
Moreover, Nunes' actions were widely considered a political stunt created to provide Trump cover for his evidence-free tweets accusing President Barack Obama of having illegally wiretapped him in Trump Tower prior to the election. When Time brought up Trump's past embrace of a conspiracy theory linking Cruz's father and Oswald, Trump said he was just quoting a reputable news source about the matter - a.k.a., the National Enquirer.
A key goal of the National Security Agency is to monitor the communications of foreign leaders and their staffs.
NSA officials are expected to produce documents backing up that claim during Friday's hearing. "We simply don't know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out". By and large, they've tried to do it in a bipartisan way.
During that hearing, Comey confirmed for the first time that officials were investigating possible connections between the President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation.
For instance, former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole played a role in setting up Trump's precedent-breaking call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
"That's the story", Trump said as the interview ended.
"I think we need to have a conversation in committee with all the members, and the chairman and I need to hash this out, because this undermines our efforts", Schiff said.
In an exclusive interview with Time's Michael Scherer, published Thursday, President Donald Trump basically gives three types of explanations for why it's okay for him to say things that aren't true.
House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) apologized Thursday for his freaky actions in the Trump-surveillance probe.
Privacy advocates have always been concerned about exactly this type of scenario. Sure, Schiff allowed, but "it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt USA persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere". Most countries that provide better health care than the USA have a national health service, including France, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and Germany. "The chairman really has to make a decision whether that's his intention, that's what he wants to do, or he wants to be a surrogate for the president". He and his team were in fact surveilled by the Obama administration. Moreover, releasing everything would be an extremely valuable education for the American public about how much the government collects on its citizens even when it's following its own rules. Later, he clarified that "if you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong, in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly, and/or illegally. And we're going to talk to everybody involved". That happens without a warrant. He, however, holds a different view of the chairman's information-sharing with the president.
'This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect, ' Nunes said.
"I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right". I saw this happen when I worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. Sweden. I make the statement, everyone goes insane. Because if he had that, he'd be up on the stage waving it around on TV.
That's not what we saw in Monday's rare open Intelligence Committee hearing.
It was not clear whether Manafort had offered to testify under oath or in a public hearing. There is no way to know if the election would have turned out differently if the public knew of that investigation. You're the president, right?
"The question is, is should it have been done in the first place?"