dglobalnews.com White House invites lawmakers to see intelligence material
Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

White House invites lawmakers to see intelligence material

White House invites lawmakers to see intelligence material

Stephen Slick, a former CIA and NSC official, said it would be "highly unusual and likely unprecedented" for a member of Congress to travel to the White House to view intelligence reports "without prior authorization".

But Schiff argued it was up to Nunes to restore credibility in the committee's investigation.

Devin Nunes. AP Photo/J.

As they're sitting in the auto, Nunes gets a phone call. "We know he's attempted it previously in other states in the Baltics".

Then, according to the Post, two congressional staffers see him get into another vehicle and pull away.

Cohen-Watnick was almost fired earlier in the month at the request of National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, but was overruled by US President Donald Trump after he appealed to White House advisers Stephen Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump's Jewish son-in-law.

Nunes has repeatedly sidestepped questions about who provided him the intelligence reports, though he pointedly has not denied that he sources were in the White House.

The technical term is "incidental intelligence", which is when spies pick up information about a subject who are not the focus of their investigation. Cohen-Watnick worked for Flynn when he was in charge of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The witnesses will include Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, who met with both the Russian ambassador and a top Russian banker during the transition period.

The White House on Thursday was mum on a recent report that it is the source of claims made by a top congressman that President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally caught up in surveillance.

He questioned why the materials came to the White House by way of Nunes rather than by a more direct route. Schiff also said he's asked the White House if the materials he's been invited to view are the same as the intelligence viewed by Nunes last week.

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Nearly immediately, Democrats and also some Republicans step up to call foul.

No one on Nunes' committee had seen the materials before he made his announcement, and the sequence of events cast further doubts on Nunes' ability to lead an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

And remember, the President and his campaign staff are targets of that probe.

Speaking on Capitol Hill Thursday, Schiff said he was "more than willing" to accept the White House offer to view new information.

That same evening, Republican John McCain appears on MSNBC to say the whole thing has left him baffled and that the committee is dysfunctional.

A number of Democrats, and even a Republican legislator, have called on Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation.

"They don't need our chairman to deliver something to the president", Schiff said.

Instead, the White House continued to sidestep queries about its role in showing Nunes classified information that appears to have included transcripts of foreign officials discussing Trump's transition to the presidency, according to current and former US officials.

And that's where things stand.

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