This morning House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes held a short press conference on Capitol Hill to disclose some additional information surrounding his announcement earlier this week that he had found that some members of the Trump transition team had their communications “incidentally collected” by intelligence agencies. During today’s presser, Nunes noted that it didn’t appear he’d have the necessary information to validate his claims from the National Security Agency today, as he had requested. Thus, it would seem to be sometime nest week when he would have that report. Also, he noted that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had volunteered to appear to testify before the committee. While taking questions, Nunes was asked if he actually knew how many names were unmasked in the documents he saw. Basically, if he knew who had their names revealed by the intel community. “I don’t know that yet,” Nunes stated. “So I’m aware of, just so I can be perfectly clear, there was additional unmasking that was done in the documents that I read the other day.”He added, “I don’t know who asked for them to be unmasked. I just know that there are more. Now, just so you know, I was aware of the unmasking before I read the documents.”Nunes, who was a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team, has come under fire for disclosing this information to the press first and then briefing the president prior to discussing with the intel committee, leading to calls for an independent commission into the Russia/Trump investigation.
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