CNN reports that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said today that President Donald Trump’s personal communications may have been picked up by investigators through “incidental collection.”
Nunes said at a news conference he discovered the potential surveillance of Trump himself while reviewing intelligence reports, but said it was not related to Russia.
“This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect,” Nunes said. “This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Nunes said he alerted House Speaker Paul Ryan about the collection and is traveling to the White House this afternoon. “I’m actually alarmed by it,” Nunes said.
Democrats on the committee appeared blindsided by Nunes’ announcement. Rep. Jim Himes said he spoke with ranking Democratic member Adam Schiff, and that neither of them are familiar with the evidence Nunes is citing. Read more at CNN.