Nunes visit draws crowds, the congressman responds
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 6:39
Schiff visited the White House Friday and viewed documents that were "precisely the same" as those seen last week by the committee's chairman, Congressman Devin Nunes.
Nunes also discredited recent news articles claiming to name the sources of those initial reports.
The official added that Cohen-Watnick was not responsible for clearing Nunes onto the White House grounds. He said publicly the following day these showed "incidental" surveillance of "the president-elect and his team". They were directed by someone in the White House to find information that would prove their boss was right about Obama wiretapping him during the campaign.
"Whether the president was aware or not is one thing - the Trump administration certainly was, and it is very weird", Pelosi said. She did not say that Obama or member of his administration had ordered surveillance of Trump Tower or leaked any classified information. Nunes then went to the White House to brief them on the findings. Trump's top aides, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, blocked the move.
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.
Earlier this week, Nunes was asked by reporters if he would continue leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the election. Intelligence agencies routinely monitor the communications of foreign officials living in the US, though the identities of Americans swept up in that collection is supposed to be protected.
Reminder: we recently learned Trump's campaign chairman did secret work on behalf of Putin, the U.S. intelligence committee has concluded that Russian officials used cyberattacks and misinformation to help Trump win, Trump confidants were corresponding with Russian intelligence fronts while those cyberattacks were happening, and the whole thing is under FBI investigation.
The U.S. intelligence community has already concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 White House race, in which Trump upset Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
The third White House official involved was identified as Michael Ellis, a lawyer who previously worked with Nunes on the House Intelligence Committee but joined the Trump administration as an attorney who reports to Eisenberg. Housley's sources claim the two people who helped Nunes "navigate" to the information were not his sources.
Nunes has been at the center of the national spotlight since last week, when he revealed he'd seen reports members of President Donald Trump's transition team had been incidentally monitored by intelligence agencies, their names revealed.
Congress is supposed to act as a check on the executive branch, but that isn't happening in light of Nunes' actions, critics said Thursday.
Schiff said in a statement he would review those documents at the White House Friday, but also called on the White House "to make all these documents available to the full House and Senate Intelligence Committees". But, you know, if Flynn says he has a story to tell, they'd better know what that story is going to be.
"Sadly, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman is either unwilling or incapable of conducting a fair investigation", said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) on the House floor, urging that an independent Special Counsel investigate Russia's intervention in the election.