Remember during the interview when Trump claimed that...
“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”
Yeah, about that.
Earlier today Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the Republican who’s leading a congressional investigation into whether Donald Trump and his team colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, held not one but two press conferences. In those two appearances Nunes claimed that the names of Trump associates -- and perhaps even Trump himself -- appeared in surveillance reports compiled by U.S. intelligence agencies in the final months of the Obama administration.
It was obvious that Nunes, who was a Trump transition member and remains a close ally, had one objective today which was to deflect attention from Trump and his associates’ ties to Russia, and provide some cover to Trump’s claim that he'd been a wiretap' victim of President Obama.
The timeline shows that Nune' first order of business was to brief House Speaker Paul Ryan on the supposedly blockbuster intel on Wednesday morning in order to get his permission to head to the White House to brief The Donald.
After doing his due diligence by tattling to mommy and daddy Nunes then took to the airwaves and held a news conferences in order to leak ... I mean... report the anonymously sourced information about the surveillance of Trump and his aides.
The bombshell Nunes dropped in his dual presser appearances was that Trump and his associates had been caught up in what he referred to as “incidental collection,”. He went on to claim that his unnamed “source” had shown him evidence that members of the Trump transition team had been "unmasked" — and that their identities had been revealed in U.S. intelligence reports.
When pressed Nunes said he was not in actual possession of the supposed evidence, but that he had been "able to view it,”.
He went on to say the intercepted communications did mention Russia and were therefore unrelated to his investigation. Incidentally Nunes, a minute later, went on to say the intercepted communications didn't mention Russia. So make of that what you will.
After further questioning Nunes admitted that the surveillance reports Trump was mentioned in were compiled through legal surveillance.
In doing this Nunes, perhaps unwittingly, revealed that Trump and his associates may have had suspicious contact with agents from a country other than Russia.
When reporters asked him if it was “appropriate” to discuss details of classified surveillance reports with first Paul Ryan, then Donald Trump and then press before ever consulting with his committee’s ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Nunes defended his conduct by claiming he had a “duty” to tell the President.
Having done just that Nunes may now be in violation of disclosing potentially classified information.
When asked about Nunes' questionable choice of sharing the information with Donald Trump, who is directly tied to the investigation, Rep. Schiff raised doubts about his ability to lead his committee’s probe...
“will need to decide if he is the chairman of an independent investigation or if he’s a surrogate for the White House.”
Nunes pushed back on the accusations that he had compromised his impartiality or revealed classified information by claiming that...
“What I saw has nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with the Russian investigation. It has everything to do with possible surveillance activities ... and I have the duty to tell [Trump] that.”
But unfortunately for Nunes’ his multiple appearances on Wednesday cable news channels only raised more questions than they answered as most of the information he revealed doesn’t provide Trump and his associates with the vindication they claim it does.
Here is video of Nunes' first news conference...
Here is video of Nunes' second news conference...
Well maybe something "very interesting" will come out next week.