Nunes apologized to Democrats after surveillance comments: aide

© Reuters. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) interrogates FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers during a hearing on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections, in Washington.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee apologized to the Democratic panel members for making it public and to the White House before informing them of the information he said he obtained about the surveillance of the president’s equipment. Donald Trump, said a committee aide on Thursday.

The committee chair, Rep. Devin Nunes, also promised to work with and share information with panel Democrats, the aide said, a day after committee Democrats said Nunes’ actions raised questions about the panel’s ability. to credibly investigate potential links between Trump’s associates and Russia.

Nunes shocked and angered the committee’s Democrats and some of his fellow Republicans Wednesday with a surprise announcement that some private communications from Trump and members of his team may have been swept up by US intelligence while monitoring foreign targets.

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