Donald Trump also claimed in March that his predecessors at the US Administration had listened in during his election campaign in his Trump Tower residence. That accusation has been mostly dismissed. It means that President Trump and/or members of his team were speaking or meeting with individuals that were the subjects of either a criminal or counterintelligence investigation and therefore their communications with those individuals were recorded as a result.
Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters that Trump was one of various members of the Trump team whose communications probably were intercepted through "incidental collection", or surveillance of the communications of foreign nationals who may be in contact with or talking about USA citizens.
Mr Nunes, who served on Mr Trump's transition team, ducked questions about whether he was parroting information given to him by the White House, saying only that he was "not going to ever reveal sources".
U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dropped a political bombshell Wednesday morning when he stated that the United States government "incidentally collected" intelligence on members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Nunes said the "incidental collection" of the Trump's team's communications was not linked to an FBI investigation into links between the Trump team and Russian officials.
"[Members of the House Intelligence Committee] privy to information that most members of Congress may never see and so you expect them to be extremely confidential", Cummings said Thursday on CNN's New Day. In fact, it actually ends up looking kind of bad for the president - and suggests Nunes is in over his head on the intelligence committee.
"You don't take information that the committee hasn't seen and present it orally to the press and to the White House before the committee even has a chance to vet whether it's even significant", he fumed to reporters on Wednesday.
"So far the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not told us whether or not they're going to respond to our March 15th letter which is now a couple weeks old", he said in a briefing outside of the White House. He said it was possible Mr. Trump's own communications were also intercepted and disseminated among USA intelligence agencies.
Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic Congressman who was chairman of the House Intelligence committee from 1985 to 1987, said that during his tenure, the CIA director would frequently come to him with information on the condition that he not share it with the committee members, and he refused.
Smith also pointed out that in his interview with Time, "Trump also said he isn't anxious about his credibility", despite the fact that the president made 14 false statements throughout said interview. They get real intelligence information.
President Donald Trump at the White House. The committee is also investigating potential leaks by the intelligence community. The California Republican added that "details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting".
"There's other things you said that haven't panned out", Scherer said.
Indeed, Trump claimed that Nunes' information "somewhat" vindicated him.
Nunes specified that he read dozens of documents and none were related to Russian Federation.