White House: Real story about alleged leaks by Obama administration, not Russia

On Friday, the intelligence committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, visited the White House to view what Schiff described as "precisely the same materials" that Nunes viewed.

Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now knows who is responsible - and that person is not in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This week, her comments have resurfaced as the White House has been swept up in a controversy involving whether it improperly gave House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes access to classified intelligence reports.

Nunes, who on March 22 announced that he had seen information from a secret source that indicated President Donald Trump and his affiliates were incidentally identified during legal surveillance operations, admitted Monday that he had met with a secret source the night prior to his announcement on White House grounds.

During the latest White House press conference, press secretary Sean Spicer told the room that Trump will "totally stop all the whistleblowing".

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.

In a March 2 appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Evelyn Farkas, the former deputy assistant secretary of defense, was asked to respond to a New York Times report claiming the Obama administration had scrambled to preserve intelligence related to Trump's possible ties to Russian Federation in the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency.

Congress and the FBI are conducting investigations about whether a direct connection existed between campaign officials and Kremlin operatives, amid Trump's insistence about no such contact. The Left seems to just throw out accusations of racism and sexism in some kind of knee-jerk reaction every time a woman or a nonwhite person is involved, regardless of other considerations, and it doesn't help anyone.

"Michael Flynn, Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man", Trump said.

President Trump on Saturday called the ongoing controversy about his White House campaign linked to Russian Federation a "total scam".

"I can not discuss the contents of the documents", he said. They've been emboldened in the wake of March 2 comments from former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas, who on MSNBC suggested her former colleagues tried to gather material on Trump team contacts with Russian Federation.

Nunes then discussed the reports with Trump, who had earlier claimed that he was wiretapped during the presidential campaign on orders from President Obama. Schiff did not provide details about what was contained in the documents but said he saw no reason the committee shouldn't have been consulted before Nunes went public. Nunes has disputed that but still says he found the reports "troubling". Schiff called for it to be given to the House and Senate intelligence committees to evaluate. "Opposition by some in the intelligence agencies who were very connected to the Obama and Clinton teams was strong".

  • Zachary Reyes