House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) became a household name when he claimed to have found evidence that members of the Trump team had been surveilled by the Department of Justice under former president Barack Obama.
President Donald Trump felt that such reports proved the veracity of his claims — but then Nunes was chastised for bringing the intel directly to the president without first briefing his committee.
Nunes popped back onto the radar on Friday when it was reported he had found proof that the Obama DOJ had abused the surveillance program.
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told Republican colleagues in two closed-door meetings this week he has seen evidence that shows clear “abuse” of government surveillance programs by FBI and Justice Department officials, according to three sources familiar with the conversations, raising more questions about whether the controversial anti-Trump dossier was used by the Obama administration to authorize surveillance of advisers to President Trump.
The California Republican made his comments in private meetings with GOP colleagues as he tried to round up votes in favor of renewing a key section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as Section 702, which eventually passed in the House on Thursday.
Dr. Sebastian Gorka, military and intelligence analyst and former deputy assistant to President Trump, appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday to discuss the implications:
.@SebGorka: “What happened under the last eight years means that nobody is safe... When Obama was in charge, they used the intelligence community and law enforcement to target people that they politically disagreed with.” pic.twitter.com/MIT1Z7zLJK
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 13, 2018
Gorka, who called Devin Nunes a “bulldog” in the most flattering sense of the word, said he absolutely believed the California Republican would get to the bottom of the issue:
“The FBI is a very, very prestigious organization, but the DOJ and the highest level of the FBI were politicized as weapons by the Obama administration, and what we need to know right now — and this is what Devin's going to help us find out — is where did the command come from. Was it John Brennan? Was it Eric Holder? Was it Samantha Power? Was it Susan Rice? Was it Ben Rhodes? Or was it perhaps Obama himself that used the intelligence community as a political weapon? We will find out.”
Fox News also reported that Nunes plans to make sure all other members of Congress are able to read the same reports — as early as next week: “Nunes privately told GOP lawmakers that he will be pushing as early next week to secure access for all 435 members of Congress to see the same documents to decide for themselves what happened.”
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