Since, if you are a political junkie, you have heard a good deal about Rep. Devin Nunes’ disclosures regarding information-gathering…and, it would appear, illegal dissemination of the information that was gathered…I thought it would be useful to read these excerpts from Bill Gertz’s highly informative article at freebeacon.com:
Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, indicated that the administration used its foreign intelligence gathering authority to spy on the discussions of Trump and his transition team by improperly unmasking the identity of Americans who were swept up in foreign electronic spying.
“What I’ve read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don’t know that it’s right and I don’t know if the American people would be comfortable with what I’ve read,” said Nunes, who uncovered the reports.
Nunes announced the committee would seek to determine who knew about the classified reports, why they were not disclosed to Congress, and who requested and authorized the disclosure of the Americans’ identities in the reports.
The panel also will try to find out whether the intelligence community was ordered to spy on Trump associates and if laws or regulations were violated.
Nunes said he was alarmed by what he saw in several dozen intelligence reports that include transcripts of communications, including communications directly from Trump. The reports were based on a foreign electronic spying operation between November and January. They were revealed by an intelligence community insider who alerted Nunes.
Nunes said on CNN that after reading the reports he was confident the Obama White House and numerous agencies “had a pretty good idea of what President-elect Trump was up to and what his transition team was up to and who they were meeting with.”
The transcripts appeared to be the result of legal intelligence collection against a foreign target. The problem, Nunes said, was that someone in government ordered the names of the Americans to be unmasked and the reports to be distributed to government agencies.
Democrats, and their media accomplices, are screaming bloody murder over Mr. Nunes’ disclosured – even demanding that he step down from the committee or resign his House seat altogether.
That is because they are – and should be – scared excrementless over what is not out in the open and where it may lead.
Stay tuned. This is not going away. And, as compelling as this story is right now, it is a virtual certainty to become far moreso in the days and weeks to come.