House Intel Commmittee's Speier: I'm Absolutely Convinced Nunes Affair Started in Oval Office

Rep. Jackie Speier is convinced that the White House is behind Nunes' claims that there may be justification for Trump's accusation that he was tapped by his predecessor.

Rep. Jackie Speier.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, a member of the House intelligence committee, is reportedly convinced that the Trump White House is behind fellow lawmaker Devin Nunes' claims that perhaps there was some justification for the president's accusations that he was wiretapped by the previous administration.

"I am absolutely convinced it started in the Oval Office,'' Politico quoted Speier, a Democrat from California, as saying. “There’s no question in my mind that the president, with the aid of his national security adviser staff, came up with some kind of a ruse to try and suggest there was some kind of validity.”

Two weeks ago, Nunes, a California Republican and the chairman of the intelligence committee, said that some of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal communications may have been caught up in "incidental" surveillance involving a foreign power in the months after the election. He reportedly briefed Trump on the issue after obtaining the information from White House aides, but did not share it with his colleagues in the committee.

The ranking Democratic member of the House intelligence committee, Adam Schiff, meanwhile told Haaretz that “I’m surprised every day by the things I’m learning about this.”

“It’s not a pleasure for me to say this, but the chairman’s conduct has cast a doubt over the committee’s ability to conduct a credible investigation,” he added.