Earlier this week, Rep. Devin Nunes confirmed Donald Trump's wiretapping accusations against the Obama White House.
According to Nunes, the surveillance was both incidental and legal. While Trump transition officials were spied on, the intended targets of the collections were the foreign agents on the other end. Nunes also claimed that it is possible that Trump and Trump Tower both came under surveillance after the election, but neither were specifically sought out.
Despite the apparent legality of the collection itself, Obama administration officials may still face criminal charges. Even if the administration had permission to listen to conversations with foreign governments, it's unclear whether they had the authority to identify the Americans involved in the talks. This process, called “unmasking,” is only permissible if the identity of the American is necessary or significant to an investigation.
Read about the possible criminal charges Obama administration officials may face on the next page: