Devin Nunes claims U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of members of Trump transition team

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is under fire for briefing the White House before briefing members of his own committee.
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apology from a key member of congress. Devin nunes went public with a new claim that U.S. Intelligence intercepted communications with trump associates. Nunes took that information to the immediate media and then the white house before telling his own committee. ABC's chief white house correspondent, Jonathan Karl, with the growing backlash. Reporter: President trump is dismissing FBI director James Comey's blunt statement that there's no evidence to prove his wiretapping allegations. Asked if Comey's assessment takes away from the credibility of his unsubstantiated tweets, the president told "Time" magazi magazine, "No, I have articles saying it happened." A lot of information has just been learned, and a lot of information may be learned over the next coming period of time. We will see what happens. Reporter: Devin nunes, the Republican chairman of the house intelligence committee, who concedes there was no actual wiretapping of trump tower, still tried to give the president a little political cover yesterday by saying this -- I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. Citizens involved in the trump transition. Reporter: Nunes, who is supposed to be leading a bipartisan house investigation into Russian interference into the election, took the extraordinary step of going to the white house yesterday to personally brief the president on information he obtained. He's taken fire for that, including from fellow Republicans. I think it's most appropriate for the committees to work independent of the white house, not next to the white house. Reporter: In fact, nunes briefed the white house before even briefing the other members of his own committee. Today he apologized. At the end of the day, you know, sometimes you make the right decision. Sometimes you make the wrong one, but you have to stick by the decisions you make. Reporter: But the top Democrat on the committee questioned whether nunes is now simply too politically compromised to lead the investigation. We can't have our chair acting as a surrogate for the administration. He has to either have the surrogate role or the chairman role but he can't do both. And Jon Karl joining us live now from the white house. And Jon, tonight, even some Republicans are questioning whether congressman nunes is the right man to lead this investigation? Reporter: Well, Tom, from the beginning, congressman nunes faced questions about his Independence. After all, he was on the executive committee of the trump Tran igs, and now John McCain said with nunes' behavior and the behavior of his democratic counterpart is bizarre and disturbing. McCain wants to see a brand new committee set up that can do this in a bipartisan fashion. Jon, thank you. Tonight, congress is facing

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