Mark Warner, D-Va., left, arrive for the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017. La.
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 USA presidential election, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday.
Nunes went to the White House grounds to look at the information without informing Schiff, then held a Must-See-TV news conference to say he'd gotten hold of some hot stuff, then went to the White House to inform President Trump of the details.
Mr. Nunes has refused to bow to the demands of Democrats, who are calling on the California Republican to recuse himself from the House panel's investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of collusion with the Trump campaign.
Ellis was person who showed NUNES the information. A Nunes spokesman said that discussions between House intelligence staff and Comey staff have been conducted over phone and email, but did not immediately say if a formal request had been sent via letter. One day after the meeting, Nunes revealed in a press conference he had new information that showed the USA intelligence community incidentally surveilled Trump's team during the transition. He's become a controversial figure in intelligence circles, but Trump chose to keep him on over the objections of the CIA and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, according to the officials.
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The Trumpgaters demand that Nunes reveal his sources, which he says he will not do.
The White House counsel said in the invite that the documents were uncovered by National Security Council officials in the ordinary course of business, Schiff told reporters.
The New York Times reported that two White House officials - including an aide whose job was recently saved by President Donald Trump - secretly helped Nunes examine intelligence information last week. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly by name.
Cohen-Watnick was recruited to the transition team by McMaster's predecessor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned as national security adviser last month after acknowledging that he had misled administration officials about a phone call he had with the Russian ambassador in December.
It is unclear if they are the same as those viewed by Nunes.