Last night we highlighted a Fox News story which suggested that Devin Nunes expected the NSA to deliver a "smoking gun" which would prove that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, as early as today.
Moments ago, Nunes fanned that speculation by holding an impromptu press conference announcing that he'll call both FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers before a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee to discuss topics which "they couldn't answer in a public setting."
Here is Nunes's full statement:
BREAKING: House Intelligence Committee chair Nunes says Trump's former campaign chairman has volunteered to be interviewed by the committee. pic.twitter.com/yb8OJnwETW— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 24, 2017
And some early takeaways:
"There are just questions that we have for Dir. Comey and Adm. Rogers probably that they couldn't answer in a public setting."
Nunes also revealed that President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has volunteered to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on his alleged connections to Russia.
"We thank Mr. Manafort for volunteering and encourage others with knowledge of these issues to voluntarily interview with the committee."
Nunes continues to decline requests from the press to reveal his sources...
But did confirm there was "no wiretapping of Trump Tower; That didn't happen"
This follows Nunes's appearance on Fox News last night in which he declared he had an obligation to raise issues he's discovered about the unmasking of Americans' names during serveillance.
@DevinNunes on "incidental" surveillance revelations: I had a duty and obligation to tell the President.
“What I saw had nothing to do with Russia. This has nothing to do with the Russia investigation.”
“The lack of a leak investigation is quite concerning. We need to make sure that these leaks are being tracked down.”
I have information that indicates Americans’ names were unmasked during surveillance.
“Clearly when I see a problem, I’m going to point it out.”
“Names for sure if they’re picked up in any incidental collection of any kind, they should be minimized.”
Meanwhile, proving that Nunes may actually be on to something here, WaPo has quickly called for an immediate investigation into his behavior.