UPDATE 3:22 p.m. EST:
When asked by a reporter if he feels vindicated by Rep. Devin Nunes' discovery that his communications were incidentally picked up, President Trump replied, "I somewhat do."
The president's reaction comes after he previously stated that President Obama had wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower. The White House faced backlash after refusing to retract Trump's claim, despite a consensus in the intelligence community that Obama hadn't surveilled the sitting president.
WATCH | The president reacts to Nunes' press conference
UPDATE 3:16 p.m. EST:
Nunes said Trump's communications were incidentally picked up by surveillance community. Nunes added that he had already briefed the president about the intelligence collection.
He added that some of the intelligence collection seems "inappropriate."
BREAKING: House intel chair briefs Trump on 'incidental' intelligence collection, says some seems 'inappropriate.'— The Associated Press (@AP) March 22, 2017
I'm actually alarmed by it.
UPDATE 1:39 p.m. EST:
Nunes told reporters he had told House Speaker Paul Ryan about what he had found and will visit the White House later today. He added the information appeared to be acquired legally.
Devin Nunes (R-CA), head of the House Intelligence Committee, said it was possible that President Trump's personal communications were swept up in other surveillance operations during the presidential transition.
This surveillance was separate from the investigations into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
Nunes just said there was incidental collection of communications during Trump transition—possibly including communications of Trump himself— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 22, 2017
MORE: Nunes said information was provided to him by an unnamed source; was 'formal, foreign surveillance,' believes all was legal— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 22, 2017
Nunes said this information was provided to him by an anonymous source.
Nunes said the surveillance provided "significant information" about Trump.
"The administration I dont think is aware of this ... everything I was able to view did not involve Russia" Nunes said— Tom LoBianco (@tomlobianco) March 22, 2017
However, he said none of it involved Russia.
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