Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nunes: there may have been 'incidental collection' of Trump communications

Republican chair of the House intelligence committee, Devin Nunes, stepped in front of cameras today to drop a bombshell of vagueness.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told a news conference Wednesday that the communications appear to be picked up through "incidental collection" and do not appear to be related to the ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia. He says he believes the intelligence collections were done legally.
What does that mean? According to Nunes, “incidental” says this wasn’t part of the FBI investigation into Trump & Company’s contacts with Russia. Nunes also said the collection was done legally.
So … there was a legal thing going on that picked up communications that may have included Trump. What could those communications have been?
Well, we learned yesterday that phones at Trump Tower had been wiretapped back in 2013 as part of an investigation of Russian mobsters running a money-laundering “business” just three floors down from Trump’s penthouse. 
For two years ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated Russian organized crime money laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower.
And at least one of the mobsters in question is still on the run. So, that’s at least one potential source of FBI investigation that came perilously close to Trump. Whatever the cause, Sean Spicer is already quoting Nunes’ words as if they vindicate Trump’s claims that Obama wiretapped his phone. Which is going to be pretty funny if Trump was actually caught in the wiretap of a known criminal.

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