Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
(May have spilled classified beans as it were — oops)
Breaking news from CNN that is both startling and questionable and I ask: Why is this released now this way, um Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)? (My emphasis added):
Highlights: House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that Donald Trump's personal communications and those of associates may have been picked up by intelligence agencies conducting surveillance of foreign targets after the election, and hurried to the White House to brief the President.
The conversations were “incidentally” collected as part of intelligence sweeps focusing on other people, Nunes said, and implied that Trump was not the target of the surveillance operation.
Nunes said at a news conference he discovered that accounts of Trump conversations when he was reviewing intelligence reports brought to him by an unidentified person -- and said the information was not related to Russia, which is accused of interfering in the 2016 election, adding: “This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect. This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).”
The revelations do not, however, appear to support Trump's claims, debunked by FBI Director James Comey, that he was wiretapped by his predecessor President Barack Obama, rather, they appear to relate to conversations between Trump or associates and people who were targeted by FISA warrants.
Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) on the Sen. Intel Cmte says: “Nunes statements would appear to reveal classified information, which is a serious concern about FISA data collected.”
Trump says he feels partially vindicated … yeah, sure you do.
As for me, I am confused with mixed views: Pissed and angry. So, where is the bottom of this nasty ugly smelly cesspool, um, Mr. and Mrs. GOP?
Closely related is this from the BBC) — What we know, don't know, think we know, or don't know what we think we know? Confusing isn't it? You bet it is and I honestly believe it is and it is based on a carefully crafted and scripted Trump-Bannon Reality Show playbook... bet on it. I see that route as a sure winner.
Regardless, stay tuned.