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    US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes shared, not leaked, classified information that found President Donald Trump’s transition team was monitored by the US Intelligence Community, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said during a press briefing on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier on Monday, Nunes’ spokesperson Jack Langer stated that Devin Nunes met with a source at the White House on March 21, the day before he publicly discussed new information about US government surveillance of President Donald Trump during the presidential transition.

    "Chairman Nunes is cleared, he is the chairman of the Intelligence Committee," Spicer said. "Someone who is cleared to share classified information with someone else cleared is not a leak."

    Last week, Nunes explained that the information gathered was conducted "legally" in the final month of the previous Obama administration and during the transition, but was an "incidental collection" that was widely circulated and ended up in intelligence reports.

    Trump said he felt vindicated for statements on Twitter in which he accused former President Barack Obama of "wiretapping" the Trump Tower due to the information Nunes made known.


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