A couple of hours ago, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued a statement that, among other things, asserted that the White House told her that it would no longer continue to surveil allied foreign leaders.
Coming from Feinstein, who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that’s a pretty big deal. The exact wording of her statement: “The White House has informed me that collection on our allies will not continue, which I support.”
So we, and others, asked the White House if that was true. In response to that question, a spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council has issued a statement … declining to comment.
Late Update: An senior administration official now tells TPM that Feinstein’s statement was not accurate.