Ryan Says Nunes Was Provided Information By "Whistleblower-Type Person"
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 10:06
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.is pursued by reporters as he arrives for a weekly meeting of the Republican Conference with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. "He said, 'I had no idea she was going to talk about that". Including the ones who were standing there in the White House driveway and ehard him say it.
Nunes met with a secret source on White House grounds last week to review classified material, which he says indicates that Trump associates' communications were captured in "incidental" surveillance of foreigners.
Ryan also addressed the growing tension within the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating whether members of the President's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the election.
The Republican said he, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned secretaries of state in a letter, "Heads up, be on the watch out, something is happening".
The meeting comes a week after President Donald Trump's health care overhaul was pulled off the House floor because of a lack of support. What happened is, we are going through, what I would call, a very painful growing pain.
Last week, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes sparked confusion by telling the nation that he had obtained information proving that Trump's transition team was (legally) surveilled, yet he refuses to name his source.
The suspicious situation led to speculation that Trump knew about Pirro's talking points beforehand and was not-so-subtly hinting that Ryan should step down after the GOP's American Health Care Act failed to pass.
Democrats are calling for Nunes to rescue himself from the investigation and are accusing him of possibly working with the White House.
The Speaker added he didn't believe Nunes still had "actual documents", but wants any official proof to go before lawmakers.
Pirro went on to place blame exclusively on Ryan's shoulders: "I want to be clear".
"I do not believe that that's the case", Ryan said. "So I don't think that he is under investigation", Ryan said. The one that he had seven years to work on ... "The whole world thinks, 'oh, because a bill got postponed, this town is going insane, the sky is going to fall.' It's not".