Who cleared Devin Nunes into the White House?
- Author: Alfonso Moody Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 0:47
House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes was on White House grounds the day before he briefed President Donald Trump on intelligence he said showed the president and his advisers may have had their communications "incidentally collected" by the intelligence community during the transition period.
"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", said his spokesman, Jack Langer. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, asked Meet the Press host Chuck Todd Sunday, saying it's "more than suspicious" that Nunes went to the White House to fetch the information. In a phone interview, Nunes confirmed to CNN that he was on the White House grounds that day - but he said he was not in the White House itself. At the same Comey also dismissed Trump's claims that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower prior to the November election. He added that his source was not a White House staffer and was an intelligence official. He said he would be briefing Trump on the intel personally.
Nunes said the intelligence collecting appeared to be legal and incidental, but he expressed concern about the way it was disseminated after the fact. He told me that when he finally saw the documents last Tuesday evening, he made sure to copy down their identifying numbers so he could request access to them formally for the rest of the committee.
Nunes' office said the information provided to the chairman came from "executive branch documents that have not been provided to Congress".
House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speak with the media about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. March 15, 2017.More news: Flames, smoke shoot out from Oakland building
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.
The weird disclosure about the intelligence reports brought criticism from Democrats, especially those who sit on his committee and are working with him on an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
"No whistleblower I've ever heard of would set up a meeting on White House grounds with the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee", the Washington Post's national security correspondent, Greg Miller, told CNN. On Thursday White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that idea didn't pass the "smell test", asking why Nunes would brief the president on information if it came from the president's team.
"There are reasons to unmask names, I can tell you without question". We need an independent, bipartisan commission to take on this investigation with a special prosecutor who can act free from influence.
The hearing will also provide valuable insight, with the White House already signaling that securing federal networks will be a priority of the new administration.