Nunes Met With Source For Trump Monitoring Claim At White House

Nunes Met With Source For Trump Monitoring Claim At White House

On Wednesday, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, shared intelligence information with President Trump regarding investigations involving the President's associates but did not share this information with members of his own oversight committee.

"Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source, " Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said.

Mr Nunes has been concerned that Trump associates were captured in "incidental" USA surveillance of foreign targets even before Mr Trump made his baseless claims that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped him previous year.

Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, declined to identify his source, but said it was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer. He never claimed this backed up Trump's tweets about being "wiretapped" by President Obama.

Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intel Committee, told CNN on Monday that the committee has been kept "totally out of the loop" on Nunes' actions and whereabouts. He added that his source was not a White House staffer and was an intelligence official.

Nunes shocked much of Washington last week when he told reporters that he had seen information that showed members of the Trump team had been surveilled during regular intelligence agency operations.

Today in another press conference, Nunes said Tuesday's Russian Federation investigation hearing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and Yates was called off so FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers could return to answer more committee questions in closed session.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied that the administration was involved in providing the intelligence to Nunes.

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"The reports included details about the Trump transition, meetings of Trump and senior advisers; they were distributed throughout the intelligence community and to the White House", Nunes said in the interview.

Where exactly Nunes went after taking that call isn't clear, but the Post reported that he did not visit the Director of National Intelligence, FBI or National Security Agency that night.

"Nunes" office said the information provided to the chairman came from "executive branch documents that have not been provided to Congress'".

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff of California, blasted Nunes for the move, saying it compromised their committee's investigation.

Republican Representative Devin Nunes has over the last week or so caused many to question whether Republicans in general - and Representative Nunes in particular - can impartially carry out an investigation into any ties that Donald Trump and his administration might have with Russian Federation.

"There are reasons to unmask names, I can tell you without question". That investigation is also looking into possible ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.

"It's time for an independent commission to investigate Russia's attack on our democracy", he wrote.

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