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Nunes met source at White House before surveillance announcement

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes met with an anonymous source on White House grounds last week.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes met with an anonymous source on White House grounds last week shortly before announcing publicly that U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted information about President Donald Trump and his staff during the presidential transition.

A spokesman for Nunes said the California Republican, charged with overseeing the politically sensitive task of investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, used a secure facility on the White House grounds to meet with his source. That was shortly before he announced to the media last week that he had concerns about the way that U.S. intelligence agencies handled information related to Trump and his staff.

That announcement came weeks after Trump made unsubstantiated accusations on Twitter that former President Barack Obama had ordered that his successor be wiretapped while living at Trump Tower in New York during the transition.

“Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source,” the Nunes spokesman said. “The chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped.”

An expanded version of this story appears at WSJ.com.

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