Top Democrat on House intel committee views surveillance info at White House
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 21:49
"While I can not discuss the content of the documents, if the White House had any concern over these materials, they should have been shared with the full committees in the first place as a part of our ordinary oversight responsibilities", Schiff said in a statement.
Schiff continued in his comments to share his suspicions that White House officials may have been attempting to "launder" information through the House Intelligence Committee.
A senior White House official said late yesterday that Schiff met with Trump at the White House, but the lawmaker made no reference to meeting the president in his remarks, instead reserving his remarks to his review of the documents.
Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is facing criticism for going to Trump after a secret intelligence briefing before reporting his findings to his committee.
Democrats slammed his decision to brief Trump on the information before committee members, and a number of top Democrats called for him to recuse himself, which he rebuffed. He later apologized to the committee for not first telling them about the information.
The chairman stated that he wouldn't get into "sources and methods", but added, "Those reports are mostly wrong".
Nunes' sources have since been revealed to be Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence for the White House National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer for the White House and former aide to the House Intelligence Committee.
He said they're full of "innuendo" and while there were people who were probably aware of him being on White House grounds, "that doesn't make them the source of my information".
"This had nothing to do with Russian Federation, I'm told or foreign intelligence of any kind", Housley said. Then Trump used a series of tweets to falsely accuse President Barack Obama of ordering a wiretap on Trump Tower.
"It's not in our interest to talk about the process, what occurred between Chairman Nunes and coming here was both routine and proper", Spicer said. Unfortunately, Trump and willing accomplices such as Nunes have been all too effective in clouding this shocking reality and impeding effective investigation of it.
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.
Schiff went to the White House Friday at the Trump's administration's invitation.