US House, Senate Intelligence Cmts. Invited to White House to Review Documents
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 12:36
A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by USA spy agencies, the New York Times reported, citing several current us officials.
It comes after The New York Times reported that two White House officials helped Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, view information on intelligence collections concerning President Donald Trump's associates.
Jones criticized Nunes for briefing the White House.
Nunes and Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, have held dueling news conferences in the days since Nunes' revelations, fueling criticism that the committee is unable to conduct a serious, bipartisan investigation.
The claim was in contrast to FBI Director James Comey who said last week at a senate hearing that U.S. agencies were investigating the aides' ties to Russian Federation before and after the election.
Spicer noted the material is related to the March 15 letter in which materials were requested about the intelligence committees' investigation into whether information collected on USA citizens was mishandled and leaked to the press.
Nunes is leading one of three investigations into Russia's attempt to influence the campaign and Trump associates' possible involvement.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick is the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council.
The House panel's work has been deeply, and perhaps irreparably, undermined by Nunes' apparent coordination with the White House.
After the announcement, Nunes headed for the White House to brief the president.
The members of the Senate Intelligence Committee worked through a relatively staid public hearing Thursday - even with some stunning announcements, like Sen. "I have called for Mr. Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation, not to step down but to recuse himself because I don't think he can be a fair and independent oversight leader". White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing, Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the White House in Washington.
This is a body blow for Nunes, who presented his findings last week as if they were surprising to the White House.
Cohen-Watnick and Nunes both served on the Trump transition team.
A spokesman for Ryan later said the speaker was not aware of Nunes' source and continues to have "full confidence" in the congressman's ability to run the Russian Federation investigation.