Devin Nunes on Wiretapping Tweets: Trump’s a Political ‘Neophyte,’ People Keep Taking Him Literally

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes faced a number of questions at an afternoon briefing today over President Trump‘s wiretapping tweets.

He said that he has not seen the evidence yet for what the president tweeted. When asked if Trump should have said those things, Nunes answered, “He’s the President of the United States, not me.”

He argued that it seems like the point of Trump’s tweets was that he was “asking a question” about whether he or anyone else in his orbited was being monitored. “I think it’s a valid question,” Nunes said, “if indeed it was a question.”

When asked about why he’s calling it a question as opposed to what actually seemed like a “declarative statement” from the president, Nunes responded thusly:

The president is a neophyte to politics. He’s been doing this a little over a year, and I think a lot of the things he says, you guys sometimes take literally. Sometimes he doesn’t have 27 lawyers and staff looking at what he does, which is I think at times refreshing and at times can also lead us to have to be sitting at a press conference like this… But at the end of the day, I think tweets are a very transparent way for a politician of any rank to communicate with their constituents. So I don’t think we should attack the president for tweeting.

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