Nunes' Sources Are Inside The White House -- Here Are Their Names
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 5:08
Nunes went on to brief Trump at the White House about the documents, but Schiff said neither he nor anyone else on the committee had been able to view the documents yet, and called into question Nunes' claims.
Critics say his disclosure was an effort to justify Trump's accusations that former president Barack Obama had tapped Trump Tower during the campaign in 2016.
TRT World's Tetiana Anderson has more on the controversy from Washington DC.
"I think this is being done in a responsible way where people are discussing what they know at an appropriate classification level and information is being shared", Spicer said.
Mr Nunes told Bloomberg that the meeting occurred on the White House grounds because it was the most convenient secure location with a computer connected to the system that included the reports, which are distributed only within the executive branch.
Yates served as acting attorney general in the early days of the Trump administration until she was sacked for refusing to implement President Donald Trump's order barring travelers form seven Muslim-majority countries.
"I wish Senator Schumer and some of the other Democrats would be interested in the authenticity and reliability of the underlying data [rather than] the means by which it was acquired", Gowdy said.
The White House denied it had a hand in halting the hearing, saying it welcomed Yates' testimony. However, this would not preclude Nunes from using a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in another location to prevent his conversations or classified information from being breached by those without access.
Yates played a key role in the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, who Trump appointed national security adviser before he quit over revelations that he misled officials over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said he will not "get into who [Nunes] met with or why he met with them" on the White House grounds.
Yates followed up with White House lawyers on Friday.
On Mar. 29, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California took to social media to indirectly blast the committee chairman, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, for cancelling a public hearing, CNBC reports.
"If it is found that his folks were coordinating with Russian Federation and knew about the hack and the leaks that were to come, that is a very serious thing", Axelrod said on ABC's "The View", referencing last year's hacking of several Democratic organizations.
The White House said the report was "entirely false" without addressing specific claims that Yates was warned her testimony could include privileged information that would be barred from a public hearing.