Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Democratic House Intel leader smacksdown White House for Nunes charade


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that he is not aware of what House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) knows in terms of who ordered the unmasking of USA citizens on the Trump transition team. "On March 2, the day before the president's tweet, comments by senior administration official and foreign policy expert Dr. Evelyn Farkas, together with previous reports, raised serious concerns on whether there was an organized and widespread effort by the Obama administration to use and leak highly sensitive intelligence information to political purposes", Spicer asserted.

Nunes has been criticized for briefing Trump on classified information he received from White House officials before he reported the findings to his own committee. A senior White House official said that Trump spoke with Schiff for 10 minutes after the Democrat viewed the materials for a couple hours Friday, describing their meeting as "very cordial and polite".

Nunes said he had not seen any evidence to support Trump's claim, explaining the president's communications may have been incidentally gathered when U.S. spy agencies conducted foreign surveillance in accordance to a warrant issued by a FISA judge in federal court.

Nunes' visit to the White House almost stalled the committee's investigation into alleged contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the election. So the Trump White House moved on to things they could control - setting up a week of listening sessions, bill signings and executive orders.

Spicer went on to openly complain about the media not discussing revelations over roles the Obama administration may have had in terms of both Russian Federation and leaking information about the current president.

"We want to know who knew what, when", a New York Times reporter told Spicer.

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There are a couple of agencies involved and a number of private citizens whose names were unmasked, the Fox reporter said.

Nunes hit out at reports naming White House sources, saying: 'Those reports are mostly wrong.

Trump fired national security adviser Michael Flynn following news reports that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. But the White House says the problem is that Flynn's conversations were in the news at all.

Though White House officials have refused to answer questions about the documents shared with Mr Nunes, a White House letter to the House committee on Thursday said officials had "discovered documents" that might show whether information collected was mishandled. Remember, Obama aides-realizing the extent of Russian interference and likely fretting for our country's future-urgently worked to spread the intelligence throughout that vast federal bureaucracy in advance of Trump's takeover. "After Trump was elected, they decided they were going to ruin his presidency by picking them off one by one".

"You might respect them just because of what they have been able to accomplish and if you look at Putin, even though we don't agree with what he does, as far as his agenda, he's done a pretty good job of accomplishing it in Russia", Brenner said told Camerota. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the Obama administration was tied to this possible surveillance.

Nunes had asked intelligence agencies to see the reports in question, but was stonewalled.

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