White House invites lawmakers to view NSA material

  • White House invites lawmakers to view NSA material

White House invites lawmakers to view NSA material

Cohen-Watnick, as Politico wrote on March 14, appealed the decision to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner, two men he became close with during the transition.

Spicer said the information was uncovered by the National Security Council, but would not specify whether it was the same intelligence that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes received at the White House last week.

The White House has invited the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence panels to review new material relevant to their investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the election, presidential spokesman Sean Spicer says.

The attempt to derail the probe followed last week's hearing in which FBI Director James Comey gave damaging testimony for President Donald Trump, stating the agency has been investigating possible collusion between his election campaign and Russian Federation since last July, and there was no evidence to support Trump's tweets about being wiretapped, according to The New Yorker.

Early last week, White House officials privately encouraged reporters to look into whether information about Trump associates had been improperly revealed in the intelligence gathering process. Intelligence agencies routinely monitor the communications of foreign officials living in the USA, though the identities of Americans swept up in that collection is to be protected.

This struck reporters as odd - that Nunes would go to be briefed at the office building that houses most of the White House staff, and then return to the White House to brief the president on the material he had seen at the White House complex.

Nunes delivered the letter to the top Democrat on the investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, but Schiff refused to sign the invite, saying he wanted to hold the public hearing they agreed on, according to sources familiar with the matter. Nunes has claimed his sources weren't White House staff and also said the reports didn't come from anyone who would have an interest in backing up Trump's evidence-free claims about wiretapping at Trump Tower. He's become a controversial figure in intelligence circles, but Trump chose to keep him on over the objections of the CIA, according to the officials.

If the officials in the Times story are telling the truth, it contradicts statements Nunes has made about his sources, the Washington Post reports.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the intelligence, and to avoid angering Cohen-Watnick and Ellis.

A spokesman for Ryan later said the speaker was not aware of Nunes' source and continues to have "full confidence" in the congressman's ability to run the Russian Federation investigation.