Obama admin official after Spicer comments
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 3:49
The revelation on Thursday that White House officials disclosed the reports, which Nunes then discussed with Trump, is likely to fuel criticism that the intelligence chairman has been too eager to do the bidding of the Trump administration while his committee is supposed to be conducting an independent investigation of Russia's meddling in the presidential election.
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.
"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", said Schiff in a statement Friday.
The White House said on Friday that it was not concerned about disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn offering to testify before Congress on Russian Federation meddling in the U.S. election.
During his daily press briefing Friday, Spicer repeatedly pushed the White House press corps to ignore the potential intent, subject, or substance of surveillance that may have incidentally swept up Trump or members of his associates, and to focus exclusively on the fact that the information was leaked at all.
White House officials say some Obama holdovers are part of a so-called deep state out to tear Trump down.
"They keep not telling the truth about what is going on in this", Gude told VOA, "and it certainly appears as if there's an effort to obstruct these investigations". If the allegation is, well it was actually on the 1st of December or the 10th of December versus the 31st of October, I think we're starting to split some serious hairs here. "He thinks that he should go up there and do what he has to do to get the story out", Spicer said. The names could only have been unmasked if the customers-who seem in this case to have been Trump's White House appointees-made that request themselves.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump wanted to "get this matter behind us".
Farkas was indeed deputy assistant secretary of defense for Eurasia, Russia, and Ukraine, but she left the Obama administration in 2015-more than a year before Trump was elected president or the alleged wiretapping would have occurred.
Spicer admitted Trump once held a Miss America pageant in Russia and that he has sold "condos" to Russian citizens, but conveniently left out the multiple Trump associates whose pre-inaugural interactions with Russian officials are now under investigation by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Officials say that Cohen-Watnick has been reviewing the reports from his fourth-floor office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where the National Security Council is based. He told reporters last week that he had seen troubling information about the improper distribution of Trump associates' intercepted communications, and he briefed the president on the material, all before informing his Democratic counterpart on the House committee.
Farkas, who left a job as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russian Federation and Ukraine in 2015, spoke to MSNBC on March 2 about the Obama administration's reported efforts to preserve evidence of possible Trump ties to Russian Federation.
Nunes has repeatedly sidestepped questions about who provided him the intelligence reports, though he pointedly has not denied that his sources were in the White House.
Thursday night, Michael Flynn's attorney very publicly announced the retired lieutenant general was seeking immunity in exchange for talking to various groups investigating Russian tampering with the election and if anyone on Team Trump colluded.
According to Spicer, Nunes was summoned to the White House by an "individual" and was not hiding or roaming secretly on the grounds.