Devin Nunes has some explaining to do

Justin Greene
April 1, 2017

The timing of the invitation also raised questions, and came as the New York Times reported that two members of the National Security Council staff were the ones who helped Nunes see classified information.

After the meeting, reporters asked Nunes why he risked compromising the House investigation into Trump's alleged Russian Federation ties by briefing the president even before the top Democrat on the committee. Earlier in the week, Lake said, Nunes had "told me that his source for that information was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer". He later went to the White House to brief them on his findings, ushering in a wave of criticism from Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, the party's ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee. And the Wall Street Journal reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has offered to testify to investigators in return for immunity from prosecution, a claim Flynn's lawyers did not deny.

The comments follow revelations that Nunes met with White House officials the night before he made a bombshell announcement that the USA intelligence committee had inadvertently surveilled members of President Trump's transition team.

According to the Times, Watnick-Cohen started to review highly classified information after Trump posted his tweet in a bid to substantiate it.

But the real "tragedy" here, Lake says, is that "incidental collection" of USA citizens' communications is a real concern and has been since Edward Snowden's leaked NSA documents were revealed.


Bloomberg TV: In today's "Morning Must Read", Bloomberg's Tom Keene highlights comments from Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake on information behind the inquiry into Russia's ties to the US election. Normally, intelligence agencies mask the identities of USA citizens who are incidentally present in intercepted communications.

Asked why Trump hasn't declared China a currency manipulator from day 1, as he promised to do during the campaign, Spicer said he'd like to just wait to see how the upcoming meeting with President Xi Jinping goes.

Schiff said in a statement he would review those documents at the White House Friday, but also called on the White House "to make all these documents available to the full House and Senate Intelligence Committees".

Their relationship - and the House investigation - quickly unraveled last week after Nunes announced he had gone directly to Trump with apparent evidence that his top aides were picked up in "incidental" collection by domestic intelligence. Mark Warner smiled and told a reporter that he could not answer that question because it was likely to come up in their investigation. Senate investigators, meanwhile, demanded the White House deliver the documents to them.

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