House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes spoke out on CNN earlier tonight about being on White House grounds a day before his disclosure to the public about incidental collection communications from Trump transition team members.
He told Wolf Blitzer that the information he received was not given to Congress, which is why he was on White House grounds last week.
CNN’s earlier reporting specifically said that Nunes “was seen Tuesday night at the National Security Council offices of the Eisenhower building,” but Nunes disputed that:
“Number one, I wasn’t sneaking on, it’s wasn’t at night… The sun was out and I actually stopped and talked to several people along the way…so nobody was sneaking around. All it was was a place where I had to go to be able to review this information.”
Blitzer asked who cleared him for admission and who had this information that he spoke of, telling him, “You understand how all of this looks and why it’s causing such an uproar.”
Nunes insisted that he had this was information “long before” Trump’s wiretapping tweet, adding, “If I really wanted to, I could have snuck onto the ground late at night and probably nobody would have seen me, but I wasn’t trying to hide.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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