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Don't take Trump "literally": House Intel Chief

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 00:47

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says reporters shouldn't take President Trump's tweets ''literally'' because he's a ''neophyte to politics.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Don't take President Donald Trump "literally." That's the advice from the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Republican Representative Devin Nunes said, "the president is a neophyte to politics. He's been doing this a little over a year. And I think a lot of the things that he says, you guys sometimes take literally. Sometimes he doesn't have 27 lawyers and staff looking at what he does." Nunes also said on Tuesday he had seen no evidence to support President Donald Trump's allegation he was wiretapped by then-President Barack Obama during the 2016 presidential campaign. Republican Representative Devin Nunes said if Trump's assertion were true, the leaders of Congress and chairmen of its two intelligence committees, known collectively as the "Gang of Eight," should have been briefed. "I have not seen that evidence," Nunes told a news conference. "I think the bigger question that needs to be answered is whether or not Mr. Trump or any of his associates were in fact targeted by any of the intelligence agencies or law enforcement authorities." Trump made the accusation in tweets on Saturday, providing no evidence. An Obama spokesman denied it. Trump has since pressed the House and Senate intelligence committees to expand probes into allegations that Russia meddled in the U.S. election to look into his charge.

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Don't take Trump "literally": House Intel Chief

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 00:47