Politico reports that House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is claiming that Donald Trump’s transition team was indeed under surveillance by the Obama administration:
Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday.
Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia.
Exactly why Trump’s team would be the target of surveillance if not for the investigation over connections to Russia remains a mystery, but one would imagine that if anybody was in a position to know, it would be someone like Nunes. It also seems unlikely that Nunes would make such a claim lightly, given the hissy fits pitched by the media over the supposed debunking of Trump’s claims that Trump Tower was being bugged by Obama.
This also flies in the face of testimony by FBI director James Comey that there was no evidence that Trump was being bugged, further muddying the waters on an already murky subject. With any luck, we’ll get more clarity from Nunes soon.