Schiff To Review Unspecified Intel At White House
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 18:15
The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Trump administration officials asking when they became aware that their own staff was feeding information House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes.
"Nothing I could see today warranted a departure from the normal review procedures, and these materials should now be provided to the full membership of both committees", he said.
Nunes has shared information connected to his committee's investigation to the very White House whose campaign is being investigated.
Nunes then spoke with reporters and the president about the material without informing any of the other 21 members on the House Intelligence Committee, angering Democrats, who questioned Nunes' credibility.
The Times reported that Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the White House National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a White House lawyer who previously worked on the House intelligence committee, played roles in helping Nunes view the materials.
US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ranking member Democrat Adam Schiff speaks with reporters about the committee's Russian Federation investigation in Washington March 30, 2017.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) briefs reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2017. Without elaborating on what these concessions were, the White House spokesman said that her policies as Secretary of State were to blame for a resurgent Russian Federation. Nor was he, as President of the United States, telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the House or Senate intel committees, he wanted them to give immunity to Flynn.
"Spicer also blasted the press in the room for non-coverage of the "more and more" evidence to support Trump's earlier tweet - the infamous Obama-wiretapped-me claim - and complained of the press in the room that 'no one seems to care" about the "senior Obama administration official", aka Evelyn Farkas who, he said, "talked about the spreading of classified information"- an "admission" Spicer called "devastating". "They are people who - who are appropriately either cleared or waived through the system, or are escorted on in some way, shape or form", Spicer responded. Trump, Spicer insisted when asked, was not offering legal advice. "The substance, the unmasking and leaks, is what we should all be concerned about".
Spicer referenced Trump's remarks on Jenner when asked by the Blade about Trump's personal views on the way states should approach the issue, reiterating localities, not the federal government, should make the decision.
Then-candidate Donald Trump and Mike Flynn used to lead chants of "Lock her up", telling potential voters that a presidential candidate under FBI investigation would be very bad.