House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes went on the Fox News Sunday program, answering a direct question from host Chris Wallace about the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia that Democrats have been beating everyone over the head with for months.
Wallace asked, “As you sit here today before the hearing on March 20th, have you seen any evidence of any collusion between what I’ll call Trump world, associates of campaign officials, Trump world and the Russians, to swing the 2016 Presidential election?”
Nunes replies, “I’ll give you a very simple answer, no, no evidence.” Wallace asks, “No evidence of any collusion and this is after talking, getting this information from the FBI…” Nunes responds, “Up to speed on everything I have up to this morning. There’s no evidence of collusion.”
Wallace follows that exchange up by asking, “Do you believe that there are elements inside the intelligence community or the FBI that are leaking information, like the name of Mike Flynn, like the fact, perhaps, that Attorney General Sessions met with the Russian Ambassador, to undercut the Trump Presidency?”
Nunes replied, “I think that’s pretty clear and in fact there’s been several…” Wallace interrupts, asking, “Pretty clear what?” Nunes continues, “It’s pretty clear that that’s happening. There’s even been stories written about it in numerous newspapers talking about how they said they left breadcrumbs around to hurt the Trump administration.”
Wallace attempts to clarify, asking, “So you believe that there are people inside of these intelligence communities,” interrupted by Nunes who responded, “I don’t think so anymore. I think it was largely people who were there, had classified information, who are now no longer there and decided to leak it.”
“To what end?” asks Wallace. Nunes answers, “I think to hurt, uh, I mean clearly, to leak Michael Flynn’s name talking to the Russian Ambassador, that was clearly designed to hurt General Flynn and the President’s national security adviser.”
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