Nunes Confirms There Was "Incidental Surveillance" Of Trump During Obama Administration, "Seems To Be Inappropriate"

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: House Intel Chairman Nunes spoke to reporters when he left the briefing at The White House and had some more stunning things to say:


And the punchline: there are "multiple FISA warrants outstanding against Trump" Nunes also told reporters:

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As we detailed earlier, it appears Trump may have been right, again.

Two days after FBI director Comey shot down Trump's allegation that Trump was being wiretapped by president Obama before the election, it appears that president Trump may have been on to something because moments ago, the House Intelligence Chairman, Devin Nunes, told reporters that the U.S. intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of President Trump's transition team, possibly including Trump himself, and the information was "widely disseminated" in intelligence reports.

As AP adds, Nunes said that President Donald Trump's communications may have been "monitored" during the transition period as part of an "incidental collection."

Nunes told a news conference Wednesday that the communications appear to be picked up through "incidental collection" and do not appear to be related to the ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia. He says he believes the intelligence collections were done legally, although in light of the dramatic change in the plotline it may be prudent to reserve judgment on how "incidental" it was.

"I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition," Nunes told reporters.

"Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports."

The information was "legally brought to him by sources who thought we should know it," Nunes said, though he provided little detail on the source.

Nunes also said that "additional names" of Trump transition officials had been unmasked in the intelligence reports. He indicated that Trump's communications may have been swept up. 

The House Intel Chair said he had viewed dozens of documents showing that the information had been incidentally collected. He said that he believes the information was legally collected.  Nunes said that the intelligence has nothing to do with Russia and that the collection occurred after the presidential election.

Nunes said he briefed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the revelation and will inform the White House later today.  Nunes' statement comes after he and other congressional leaders pushed back on Trump's claims that former President Obama had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower ahead of the election.

Nunes said Wednesday that it was unclear whether the information incidentally collected originated in Trump Tower.

The revelation comes in the wake of the committee's explosive hearing on Monday, at which FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the bureau has been investigating Russia’s election hacking since July, which includes probing possible coordination between members of Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow.

The meeting represented the panel’s first open hearing on its investigation into Russia’s election meddling and also featured testimony from NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers.

Nunes says the communications of Trump associates were also picked up, but he did not name those associates. He says the monitoring mostly occurred in November, December and January. He added that he learned of the collection through "sources" but did not specify those source

Politico adds that Nunes is going to the White House later Wednesday to brief the Trump administration on what he has learned, which he said came from "sources."

While there are no further details, we look forward to how the media narrative will change as a result of today's latest dramatic development.

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froze25's picture

Trump wouldn't of tweeted what he did unless he knew something. He doesn't make blind bets, he only moves on things he knows he can win. Not to mention he has shown that he can bait, watch the other side respond and deny and then present his case to show them as the liars they are.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) froze25 Mar 22, 2017 12:39 PM

Wait... The fake "news" tells me that this is NOT true. False, false, false.



Looney's picture


James Comey said that there were no LEGAL wiretaps.

Who would admit to ILLEGALLY wiretapping a campaign?

I am not a crook… I am not a crook…   ;-)


ghengis86's picture

I wonder what that guy Maddow will say tonight?

Actually, nevermind.  I never watch him and don't give a shit what he thinks regardless.


Chupacabra-322's picture

Bush and Obama both illegally tapped trumps 30+ offices, residences, cell ph since 2004.

There's a New Snowden - 600M docs Leaked Including Trump Wire Taps on 30+ Phones

Documents Show Obama Surveilled Entire Trump Family For 8 Years

New NSA Whistblower Goes Public About Trump Surveillance


Latina Lover's picture

Somewhere in Hell, David Rockefeller is losing it, watching his beloved democrats destroy themselves.

froze25's picture

Don't worry, Bill Gates will soon be carrying them as their new leader of the NWO.

Joe Davola's picture

By "incidental monitoring" does he mean "gathering everything they can just like they do to everyone else"

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Joe,

"Incidental" is code for "Vault 7." Someone should make T-Shirts.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Trump wouldn't be right ... ['again' reference caused a chuckle] ... the morning news program he cited would be ... Breitbart? ... cause the homie doesn't listen to intel briefings

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

"incidental surveillance"


Something like Clapper's "not wittingly" I'm sure...

While we're at it, let's debate the meaning of "is"...

remain calm's picture

"Incidental surveilance" WTF 

That is like being a little gay, either you suck dick or you don't

greenskeeper carl's picture

How all these people still let trump bait them like this is hilarious. How many times has he said something that seemed baseless and everyone was sure would sink him, and then he is vindicated? And they still fucking fall for it.

And yes, incidental surveillance is a funny term. As in you swept all his up the same way they listen to all of us all the time? Maybe this will piss trump off enough to end this shit. I doubt it though.

sushi's picture

Last line in the article:


how the media narrative will change as a result of today's latest dramatic development.


This is sarcasm right? An attempt at a funny? Someone actually believes this?


petar's picture

So, Trump is talking to people that are under surveillance for national security purposes. Who is this guy working for?

Jim in MN's picture



Lumberjack's picture

Collateral damage



Sexual relations


Missing comma

Can't recall...and on and on.

Are you all getting tired of this bullshit as I am?

Jim in MN's picture

Me, I just want competition in health care and education, bank executives in jail, USA out of Eurasia, and respect for freedom and markets anywhere in the world, as far as official US policy is concerned.  Oh, that stuff and the Federal Govt rolled back to 1980 staffing and budget levels.  Also kill off the AMT, that's stupid, and reduce and simplify taxes greatly.  Maybe all that and some sanity in terms of decent behavior and law n order in America's cities.

Lying shitbag politicians?  Abuse of power?  Corruption?  Tyranny?

Pretty tired of that, yeah.

American Gorbachev's picture

"i just wanna live in the country i grew up in"

- my brother's quote 'bout ten year ago

(think on it, it'll come to you)

Automatic Choke's picture

I went to Lowe's today to get a nailgun, and they were out.   A quick search shows that there has been a YUUUGGEEEE run on nailguns, none to be found anywhere.   I wonder what why the sudden interest?

jeff montanye's picture

multiple fisa warrants?  get ready for impeachment?  just guesses.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Too bad they didn't include video of the news conference, nunes looked like a badly shaken man.

I hope Bombard does a piece on him.


Reinstate Andy Napolitano NOW!

new game's picture

Jim, we all want what you post. reality has become something of a panadoras box.

the battles alone is consuming all the energies that need to be put forth for real change.

so fuking much to do. like cleaning a horders home after 50 years of shit pilled up and 22 cats....


JohnnyHenricksen's picture

While we're at it, in addition to AMT let's kill CBT (citizenship based taxation) since only the US and Eritrea have such a ridiculous approach to taxing their ex-pats.  Or at least adopt the simple approach that shining beacon of freedom we share this ridiculous approach with and tax income earned while working abroad at 2% and eliminate the hoop-jumping forms that have to be filed.  Our tax situation is relatively simple yet our US return and related schedules filing as expats was 89 pages.  If we simply took Eritrea's approach the filing would be just 3 pages, the 1040 (2 pages) and another 1 page form multiplying overseaes incame times 2%.

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disc_golfer's picture

You should work for CNN.  You have a knack for mishearing.   

new game's picture

If heads don't start rolling, then the swamp remains.

opperation HOUSE CLEAN! fire these fuks!

new sherrif? hmmm

trump, your move? you got the goods on bitch and bongo. 

earth to sessions? anyone home?

what cha gonna do?


like now, go after these fuks, put them on the permanent defense...

j0nx's picture

Indeed. Everyone knows Obama and hildabeast were 'tapping his lines' illegally via fake 'legal' methods and everyone knows nothing will come of it due to obama's perpetual get out of jail dark skin free card. It would cause every blacky in the country to riot if he were arrested for any multitude of crimes he committed and I really think at this point the rest of us would put up with that shit for about 10 seconds before we snapped and civil war 2 starts.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Forget Obama.  I'd settle for seeing Hillary live her last days in PRISON!!

PrayingMantis's picture


>>> I'd settle for seeing Hillary live her last days in PRISON!!

... well, who knows, your wish might happen soon ;) >>> NYPD Turns Against the FBI: Seized Laptop Shows Hillary Clinton Covered Up Weiner’s Alleged Sex Crimes With 15 yr old During Election >>> 

jeff montanye's picture

let's get rolling on the anthony weiner case that rolls up hillary and huma as well.

ditto on the 9-11 saudi case ditto likud/mossad and their u.s. assets bush, cheney, rumsfeld, etc.

Whalley World's picture

Do the Russian Ambassador on shim

Yog Soggoth's picture

Only after he is done using the system in place. Remember  Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967). This was an interpretation of the 4th amendment at the time. Even though some of the Kat's make a great reuben, they are also crooked as they come. Now that the laws have been changed, you have to play by the new rules, but the 4'th still stands in supreme court as long as that group is not completely corrupted. I have always said that one of the greatest threats to our country is crooked judges, whether compromised, or part of a secret society with malevolent aspirations.

Embrey's picture

I have thought about your point a lot lately. It is the primary flaw in the plan of all those who have wanted to take and to parade Trump's orange top knot as a spoil of conquest.
If you want to beat this man you have to be willing to lose everything you have to do so. I see no evidence that these psychopaths exhibit the selflessness required to subdue the great white whale.
Good luck morons

brianshell's picture

True. Psychopaths have great survival instincts. They usually throw someone else under the bus.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

"Incidental Surveillance" in this case is apropos, as the pervs were ogling Melania and Ivanka.

PrayingMantis's picture


... incidentally, >>> "US Spy Agency Confirms Russian Ties to Putin  The NSA has "known about" Russia's ties to RT for quite some time. Your tax dollars hard at work, people 

"The U.S. intelligence community is as vast as a Kansas Monsanto cornfield. Composed of 17 distinct organizations each operating under its own shroud of secrecy, America's spook community spends no less than $75 billion each year to ensure that America has Intelligence.

Factoring in the black budget and classified expenditures, we can safely assume that millions of Americans live in poverty so that the NSA can record their cellphone conversations."


read more sarcasm here >>> >>> 


...  "... to ensure that America has Intelligence" ...  LOL!



B1G mNy's picture

Yeah that's about right.

Tristan Ludlow's picture

You don't need to be gay to suck dick, just highly motivated!

cbxer55's picture

Most especially at the "happy ending".  LOL

claytonmoore50's picture

"That is like being a little gay, either you suck dick or you don't"

Or, 'I'll stick it in, but I won't move it around..."

Automatic Choke's picture

perhaps you are a little gay if you only suck little dicks......

jeff montanye's picture

or just have yours sucked by dudes.

froze25's picture

You have to love the amount of energy they put into "lying" so that they don't get arrested for it.

wildbad's picture

we've got to start fucking these liberals up.

the NSA , the CIA, The FBI et al. are watching all of us all the time period.

we have to beat these motherfuckers back until there is no one willing to fill those illegal and unconstitutional posts.

the terrorists are in washington and we need to dissemble their illegally constructed fortress.

Dear donald..attack them now. jail them. hang them.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Hopefully, now that this surveillance has caused him a problem he changes his mind on the program. His stance on Snowden needs to change as well. 

jeff montanye's picture

and marijuana, single payer, ukraine, renewable energy, banksters, israel, 9-11, iran, china and prosecuting the clintons, while we're at it.

Sudden Debt's picture

Easy, put everybody involved in jail with a life sentence.

Anybody who rats out somebody higher in rank get a home free ticket.

Let's see how long it takes before Obama ends up in jail...

and how many accidential suicides happen by bulling in the back of their heads...

risk.averse's picture

Let's see how long it takes before Obama ends up in jail..

tradition (whatever that word means) is that ex-Presidents don't go to jail. Embarrassing to the national prestige, I guess. Tricky Dicky Nixon came close but Gerald Ford pardoned him. *If* Obama gets convicted of anything the pressure would be on Trump to follow the "tradition", I guess. Traditions can be broken, of course...

SheHunter's picture

Touche.  If only.

The quagmire eel is slowly but continually being exposed.

I fear it is too powerful to drown.