More Trouble For Nunes: Classified Docs Contradict Surveillance Claims
Another Trump lie was just debunked… again. Multiple sources from both Republican and Democratic parties revealed to CNN Tuesday that after reviewing the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), they found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal.
The revelation brings more trouble for Nunes, who was forced to step aside from the Russia investigation by the House intelligence committee and is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for disclosing classified intelligence with the target of a congressional probe, Donald Trump.
Trump had claimed the matter was a “massive story.” However, the classified documents contradict his allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the “unmasking” of US individuals’ identities, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said.
According to CNN, several members and staff of the House and Senate intelligence committees reviewed intelligence reports related to those requests at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland over the last week.
One congressional intelligence source described the requests made by Rice as “normal and appropriate” for officials who serve in that role to the president.
Another source said there’s “absolutely” no smoking gun in the reports, urging the White House to declassify them to make clear there was nothing alarming in the documents.
With his latest lie exposed, Trump and his allies are running out of ideas to change the narrative on the Trump’s campaign collusion with Russia to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.