After holding two press conferences this afternoon — one following a briefing he gave President Donald Trump — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on CNN to speak with Jake Tapper about today’s announcement that he’d discovered members of Trump’s transition team had their communications “incidentally collected.”
After a somewhat lengthy back-and-forth about why Nunes discussed this with the president, but not the rest of the committee — and the reason he was concerned about what he found out despite pointing it out as legal surveillance — Nunes was asked by Tapper about the perception of his actions.
“We live in a very divided country, as you know, sir,” the CNN host stated. “I just want to make sure you have the opportunity to respond to any Democrats, any skeptics out there who say, ‘Hey, Devin Nunes was on the Trump transition team. This is all political.’ Your response?”
“Yeah, look, there’s no good way to do this,” the GOP lawmaker responded. “The bottom line is that we are all elected and I serve at the pleasure of the Republicans in my conference as chairman of the intelligence committee.”
He added that he’s trying his best to talk to the media whenever he’s obtained “new information.”
Following Nunes’s briefing of Trump on his findings, the president stated that he felt “somewhat” vindicated on his wiretap claims, even though Nunes pointed out to Tapper that Trump is “not right about that.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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