Here's What We Know About the Russia Investigation

He didn't tell Adam Schiff, the ranking member. And ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., appeared to confirm reports that the USA has serious evidence of coordinated activities between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the election. "It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing".

He said there still is no evidence that Trump tower was wiretapped, as the president asserted. American identities are expected to remain "masked" in intelligence reports and documents to protect them.

That lead to accusations that Nunes was providing cover for Mr. Trump's unproven wiretapping claims.

That Nunes met with the the person under investigation by his committee in order to "brief" him on the progress of that and other investigations may have served as a blatant attempt at sidelining the House investigation. "Obama Officials Were Involved in Trump Surveillance".

"What he did was basically to go to the president, who is being investigated by the FBI and others and by the intelligence committee, to give them information", Mr Cummings told CNN, adding: "Basically what he has done is he has scuttled and put a cloud over his own investigation".

So on Thursday, the question became should Nunes be held to the same standard that he and his Republican colleagues appeared to advocate on Monday? "But that's not what the chairman said yesterday".

"I called down there and invited myself because I thought he needed to understand what I saw and that he needed to try to get that information because he has every right to see it", he continued. On Monday, Nunes had chaired a rare open hearing of his usually secretive intelligence committee where the topic was Russian meddling in the USA presidential election. The article suggested Obama had wiretapped Trump during the campaign, citing another online publication, which in turn cited anonymous sources "close to the intelligence community". Which is quite odd, because the U.S. intelligence usually conceals names of the American citizens in its reports, unless they are necessary to understand the matter. He said, "This does not indicate that there was any flaw in the procedures followed by the intelligence agencies".

"Obviously there's been this discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time", he said.

As president, the Trump administration's attempts to back up the president's claims have occasionally caused global incidents.

Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence, held a hastily convened press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. On Wednesday he called for a special independent committee, or even an independent prosecutor, to take over the investigation. This week Comey also confirmed the bureau's investigation into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation. They also confirmed that President Trump's connections with Russian Federation are under investigation.

Nunes's actions weren't just a breach of decorum, say veteran staffers of former House and Senate intelligence committees. "Details about US persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting".

Nunes contradicted himself on whether anything from Trump personally was caught up, initially saying "yes" but then later saying it was merely "possible" that the then president-elect's communications were incidentally collected.

Some additional Trump transition members' names were unmasked, Nunes said.

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