The head of the House Intelligence Committee made some big headlines on Fox News Sunday on the two topics his panel will tackle on Monday: Russian interference in the election and the president’s wiretap claims.
First, Congressman Devin Nunes said Justice Department documents delivered to them on Friday indicate there was no wiretap of Trump Tower during the campaign as the president has claimed.
And second, on the election, when Chris Wallace asked Nunes if his committee has any evidence of collusion between the Trump candidacy and Russia, he said, “I’ll give you the simple answer: no.”
But over on NBC’s Meet the Press, the ranking Democrat on the committee had a different take on the collision issue:
“I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation, there was circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence of, I think, deception. And that’s where we begin the investigation,” Rep. Adam Schiff said.
FBI Director James Comes and National Security Agency head admiral Mike Rogers are scheduled to testify on Monday. They’ll also get grilled on the classified leaks coming out of the administration.
That’s how we found out former national security adviser Mike Flynn was talking to Russia's ambassador.
The ambassador was under surveillance and Flynn was talking to him, so Flynn was recorded too. That’s legal — but it’s the leaking of Flynn’s name that wasn’t.
“The one crime we know that has been committed is that one. The leaking of someone’s name through the FISA system, that is — that is the crime that has been committed. We don’t know the answer to that, that’s what we are trying to get to the bottom of were there any other names that were unmasked, leaked and leaked out,” Nunes said.
Nunes also said he believes the leaks are largely from people who used to be in the intelligence community, but who are no longer there.