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Trump Points to Fox Report of 'Unprecedented' Surveillance

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By    |   Monday, 03 Apr 2017 10:41 AM

President Donald Trump, through his private Twitter account on Monday, pointed to expanded Fox News coverage concerning electronic surveillance of himself and people close to him, quoting a reporter's assertion that the incidents were "unprecedented."

On "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, Fox News' Adam Housley, who reported on Friday that numerous private citizens connected with President Donald Trump's campaign team had been "unmasked" in intelligence information swept up in "incidental collection," gave further details on his initial report. 

"There was electronic surveillance of Trump and the people close to Donald Trump, including some supporters, for up to a year before the inauguration," Housley said. "That information was disseminated. It was unprecedented the way this was done."

It is still not known, he said, who spoke with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., concerning the surveillance, but "we know it's not someone at the White House."

"We don't know who spoke to the White House about this, other than what Nunes said about the press conference," said Housley, but intelligence sources are "frustrated with the agency they say are being politicized more than they've seen in their career."

His sources, he continued, "want to make sure it's done correctly," and have told him that they may as well clarify information "since Nunes has been leaked to by someone they don't know or at least they tell me they don't know."

The New York Times last week reported that several sources identified the leakers as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel's Office, but Housley denied Monday that either man was involved.

Messages involving U.S. citizens are supposed to be removed from reports, but on the Trump reports, the names remained, "and that is unprecedented," said Housley. "They say the information that was unmasked, these names of Americans who had done nothing wrong was disseminated to all of the National Security Council, some at the Department of Defense, to [James] Clapper and other people at the top."

However, he continued, the sources did not know just what papers Nunes saw, but that the information of unmasking names from Donald Trump and his team and his family was disseminated to a very select few at the top, and was done so for a significant amount of time and that is blockbuster.

"As far as we know. this hasn't been done at least in modern times when it comes to this type of thing."

Housley also reported he was told that former national security adviser Susan Rice also knew about the reports, but "they're not going to be able to say" it was her that disseminated the reports.

"Absolutely, 100 percent they know that this was disseminated for the top levels, and done for a significant amount of time," said Housley. "That doesn't mean that Clapper and Rice and these people ordered it and were part of it, but they were receiving it."

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President Donald Trump, through his private Twitter account, Monday pointed to expanded Fox News coverage concerning electronic surveillance of himself and people close to him, quoting a reporter's assertion that the incidents were "unprecedented."
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