House Intel Chair: ‘Possible That Other Surveillance Activities Used Against’ Trump and Associates

During his opening statement at today’s House Intelligence hearing into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes knocked down President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election. Well, somewhat. While specifically stating that there was no wiretap of the Trump Tower, Nunes — who was on the Trump transition team — said that other surveillance may have occurred. “Let me be clear,” Nunes said. “I’ve been saying this for several weeks. We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower. However, it’s still possible that other surveillance activities were used against president trump and his associates.” Following Trump’s tweets about wiretapping, Nunes eventually came out and said there was no evidence to back up his claim. In an interview last week with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Trump indicated that was talking about surveillance in general when he sent out those tweets, something that has also been pushed by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. With these comments, it appears Nunes is providing some cover for the president and it will be interesting to see if the White House latches on the them. Watch the clip above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] —— Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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