White House aides helped Nunes
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 19:43
On Thursday, The New York Times identified the pair as current government officials Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and White House Counsel Office lawyer Michael Ellis.
Reports also surfaced Thursday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was negotiating with the House and Senate intelligence committees to testify about any Trump campaign dealings with Russian Federation after he would be given immunity from prosecution.
Members of the House intelligence committee say, meanwhile, that they are still waiting to review the information Nunes reviewed.
"Nothing I could see today warranted a departure from the normal review procedures", Schiff said, adding that he could not discuss the contents of the documents, which remain classified.
He then refused to answer any further questions so he could move on to demonstrating Ivanka Trump's new line of diamond toe rings.
The "President's tweet" is a reference to Trump's March 4 accusation, which has yet to be supported by any evidence, that Obama illegally ordered the surveillance of Trump Tower. Langer said Monday that Nunes wanted "to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source".
During the briefing Spicer also suggested that administration officials may have more evidence to back up Farkas's account-as well as Trump's assertion that his campaign was being spied on by the Obama administration-that they meant to share with congressional leaders.
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.
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. He was brought to the NSC by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who was sacked for failing to reveal his contacts with Russian officials.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Farkas told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she encouraged her colleagues to get information on the Trump team before Obama left office hoping to catch them dealing with Russians.
Schiff told reporters, "If that was created to hide the origin of the materials, it raises profound questions about just what the White House is doing". Apparently Nunes had found out about the intelligence back in January and it took him until this month to be able to see it. Housley said Nunes' original information came from sources in the intel agencies who are frustrated with the politics within.
"It certainly was a part of our discussion, but beyond what we agreed to do, or hope to achieve to do by the end of the day, I really don't want to get into specifics", Schiff said. But it invited a bipartisan group from the panel to view information it says relates to surveillance of President Donald Trump's associates.