Fox News commentator John Roberts dismissed Wednesday’s revelations by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that members of then-President-elect Trump’s team were surveilled when their communications turned up in FISA investigations.
“It sounds like we have only a sliver of what’s there,” said anchor Shepard Smith.
Roberts said that Pres. Trump feels “somewhat” vindicated by the findings, telling reporters, “I very much appreciate that they found what they found.”
However, the president’s accusations of wiretapping refer to the period leading up to the 2016 election. Nunes’ revelations of surveillance of Trump and his transition team — upon which Nunes served — concern the weeks between Election Day and Trump’s inauguration.
Roberts pointed out that there are serious questions regarding Nunes’ actions, that the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee — upon finding out that the transition team he served on was surveilled — went straight to the target of that surveillance to tell him about it.
“There is a certain — and I’m probably going to get in a little bit of trouble from Trump supporters for saying this — a certain sense of dog and pony show about this whole thing,” Roberts said, “that he didn’t just call down to the White House, that he made a show of coming down to the White House almost on an emergency basis and briefing the president about all of this so that the president had that information in hand the next time he faced the White House pool in there and could talk about it.”
Roberts hinted that it seemed “coordinated” before walking that back and saying that there was “a sense of urgency” to getting the information into the president’s hands.
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Trump attacks 2 GOP governors on flight to Georgia rally: ‘Republicans will NEVER forget this’
Republicans have been "working frantically behind the scenes" to keep President Donald Trump on message during his Saturday campaign rally in Georgia, but the efforts do not seem to be working.
GOP strategists hoped Trump would make the case for the two GOP senators in the January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate, but Trump has continued to fixate on his delusions that he won the presidential election.
Aboard Air Force One on the flight to the rally, Trump attacked two GOP governors: Brian Kemp of Georgia and Doug Ducey of Arizona -- and seemed to threaten political retribution for the pair not going along with the president's debunked conspiracy theories about the election.
Trump holds large rally in Georgia — one day after the Peach State set a new coronavirus record
President Donald Trump departed the White House on Saturday for an evening campaign rally in Georgia -- despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump is ostensively making the trip to support Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and interim Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. However, Republicans fear Trump will use his speech to continue bashing GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
Trump's visit also comes against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
Panicked Republicans ‘working frantically behind the scenes’ — but Trump just keeps attacking GOP Gov Brian Kemp
Republicans are worried that President Donald Trump will pour gasoline on the intraparty inferno burning in Georgia.
Trump is officially traveling to the Peach State for a rally in support of the two Republican senators in January runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate.
Republicans worry Trump will continue to attack Republican Gov. Brian Kemp as he has on Twitter.
"Trump is to headline a campaign rally for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the state Saturday night — his first major political event since before the Nov. 3 election. GOP officials are working frantically behind the scenes to try to keep the president on script at the rally, worried that he will use the forum to attack Kemp and other state GOP officials who have resisted his pressure, according to a person familiar with the discussions," The Washington Post reported Saturday.