Rep. Trey Gowdy discussed Rep. Devin Nunes’ surveillance announcement with CNN’s John Dickerson on “Face the Nation” over the weekend, and there was tons of back and forth.
“I want to start with this question of unmasking that Chairman Nunes brought out,” Dickerson said. “Has he shown you any of what caused him to suggest that Obama officials are doing surveillance, captured some Trump campaign associates and then unmasked them in the process of investigating?”
“He has not shown it to me, John. I am vaguely familiar with it, no more, no less familiar with it than Adam Schiff is,” Gowdy said. “I just tell you this. My understanding is Chairman Nunes briefed the commander in chief on matters unrelated to the Russian investigation, so if that is big deal in Washington, then we have sunk to a new low.”
“Well, I guess Congressman Schiff would say but the president is the one that is a part of this investigation being done by the committee, so the chairman shouldn’t be talking to him,” Dickerson said.
Gowdy told Dickerson that his concerns didn’t make sense, because Nunes’ brief had nothing to do with the Russian investigation.
“So if the commander in chief cannot be briefed by the chairperson of the House Intel Committee on a matter that has nothing to do with the FBI investigation, then I don’t know what they can talk about, John,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy said we’ll have more information on the whole thing today.
“It is just one more reason to bring Director Comey and Rogers back on Tuesday,” Gowdy said. “It’s incredibly important. Adam is right, that Adam is right that the incidental collection of U.S. persons happens.”
“What I wish some of my friends over on the other side would be a little more outraged about is the political use of that unmasking,” he continued. “So I understand we collect U.S. citizens but we don’t read about those U.S. citizens on the first page of the New York Times and the Washington Post. That admission to threatening the surveillance programs is also a felony. So I hope that we learn more about that on Tuesday.”