WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes revealed Wednesday other members of the Trump transition team were not only surveilled by the Obama administration but their names were also unmasked.
“I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked,” Nunes said. “To be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia or any investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.”
Nunes later told reporters that communications among Trump associates were recorded and dispersed among the federal government. He also said the intelligence committee still has no answers as to what actually happened to Trump’s former national security advisor General Michael Flynn when he was caught up in a surveillance dragnet.
“We don’t actually know yet officially what happened to General Flynn,” Nunes said of how recorded conversations of Flynn’s were leaked to the press. “We just know that his name leaked out but we don’t know how it was picked up yet. That was one of the things that we asked for in the March 15th letter, was for the NSA, CIA, and FBI to get us all the unmasking that was done.”
“The NSA is being cooperative,” Nunes said, “but so far the FBI has not told us whether or not they’re going to respond to our March 15th letter which is now a couple of weeks old.”
Nunes also stated that presently, he “cannot rule out” President Obama called for the surveillance.