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Spicer: Nunes' Surveillance Information Was New to Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 03:19 PM

Press secretary Sean Spicer said Rep. Devin Nunes essentially showed up at the White House on very short notice Wednesday to present new information to President Donald Trump that he may have been spied on before taking office — which ended up being news to the president himself.

During Thursday's White House press briefing, Spicer told the assembled media Nunes didn't provide much of a heads-up before he made the roughly 2.5-mile trip from the Capitol Building to the White House.

"I don't know how he got here. I assume in a car. I don't track him. I don't keep his schedule," Spicer said. "He literally gave a press conference as we were starting and saying I'm going to go down to the White House after he briefed the press."

Spicer was then asked if Wednesday was the first time Trump had heard of the new surveillance claims. Nunes, a California Republican, told the president and the public that Trump transition officials, and perhaps even Trump's communications, may have been "monitored" after last November's presidential election.

"I believe that the information that he shared with the president was new," Spicer said.

Later in the briefing, Spicer seemed to admit that Nunes did actually call the White House before his visit.

"He told us he made an announcement, 'I'm coming down to the White House,'" Spicer said."[He] asked for time with the president."

The information Nunes presented to Trump, Spicer said, was "reassuring" to the White House as it continues to insist members of the Trump team were the subject of surveillance before he was sworn in.

Spicer, who served as the communications director for the Republican National Committee before starting in his White House role two months ago, followed up by criticizing the media for worrying about how Nunes revealed the surveillance information.

"The obsession is with the process, how he got here, who he briefed first as opposed to the substance of the issue," Spicer said. "All I'll tell you, the public comments he made to you and your colleagues here and on Capitol Hill, is that he was concerned about the surveillance that he has seen and reports of surveillance in individuals who had been masked and unmasked, especially during the transition period. That should express concern for a lot of individuals."

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Press secretary Sean Spicer said Rep. Devin Nunes essentially showed up at the White House on very short notice Wednesday to present new information to President Donald Trump that he may have been spied on before taking office — which ended up being news to the president himself.
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