House intel chair says Trump team 'incidentally' surveilled

House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes told reporters and then briefed President Trump that surveillance of the Trump team may have happened "incidentally."
2:15 | 03/23/17

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Transcript for House intel chair says Trump team 'incidentally' surveilled
All right, now to that stunning moment in Washington. A top lawmaker on the house intelligence committee telling the press that surveillance of the trump team may have happened Indianapolis dentally. President trump is responding and ABC's senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega has all of those details. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Amy, good morning. This was an extraordinary public display of what is usually secret information and it has reignited the debate over the validity of the president's wiretapping claims. He says he feels somewhat vindicated but so many others on capitol hill say not so fast. Good morning. Reporter: The top Republican on the house intelligence committee delivering this claim in front of the cameras. On numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. Citizens involved in the trump transition. Reporter: Devin nunes says during the surveillance of foreign nationals, U.S. Intelligence officials may have inadvertently picked up the communications of president trump's transition team, possibly even the president himself. I guess it all depends on the one definition of spying. I mean clearly it bothers me enough, I'm not comfortable with it. Reporter: Nunes offering few details but saying the communications are not related to the FBI's investigation into the campaign and Russia. Making the surprise announcement to the media even before he told the intelligence community or other members of his committee. Nunes, a prominent member of the president's transition team, then went straight to the oval office to deliver the news directly to the president himself. And then he did another round of press. What I've read bothers me and I think it should bother the president himself and his team. Reporter: The president calling it vindication for his baseless Twitter claims that president Obama wiretapped him. Do you feel vindicated by chairman nunes? I somewhat do. I must tell you I somewhat do relationship even if president trump was inadvertently caught in legal surveillance that's a far cry from the allegation that his predecessor illegally wiretapped him. The top Democrat on the house intelligence committee blasting his Republican counterpart calling for an independent investigation. There is still no evidence that the president was wiretapped by his predecessor. Reporter: And the calls for an independent investigation are growing louder and it is not just Democrats, Republican senator John McCain now says congress no longer has the credibility to independently investigate Russia's role in the election, robin. All right. Thank you so much, we'll bring

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