The White house on Thursday invited the top Democrat on the house intelligence committee classified it ads said, referring to the surveillance of the President of Trump’s campaign staff and transition team.
In a letter to the house and Senate intelligence committee chairman and ranking member, White House Counsel Don McGhan offered, “that these documents” available for Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. to inspect. McGhan added that he believed the documents are “necessary to determine whether information collected on U.S. persons has been mistreated and betrayed.”
In a response, the ship McGhan said, “I am looking forward to the review of these materials, at the first opportunity.” Sources told Fox News that the Senate intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr, R-N. C., and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., got the same invitation from McGhan.
The exchange of letters took place, as Fox News confirms that two White house employees — Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior intelligence director at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis of the White House Counsel’s office — aided in-house Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., in the assessment of intelligence in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White house grounds. March 21. The employees’ identities at first, The New York Times reported.
Nunes told reporters last week that he had seen, disturbing information about the improper distribution of the trump employees the intercepted communications, and he also informed the President about the material in advance of the ship.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Schiff said that he had come “more than ready” to the White house to have a look at the new materials. But he expressed concern that the White house have provided the information to his Republican counterpart first, and if so, why.
To hide “if that was designed to be the origin of the materials that raises profound questions about exactly what the White house is doing,” ship said. He vowed to say that the matter would not distract from the investigation in Russia, the election-meddling, “if that’s the goal here, it will not be successful.”
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, the material the White house wants to see the ship and the Senate intelligence committee leader, discovered by the National security Council, through the ordinary course of business. He would not say whether it had seen the same material Nunes already.
If you are asked whether or not President Trump addressed specifically, each of the views in the allegations he had made about the Obama administration spying on him, said Spicer, he was not “aware of something directly.”
Cohen-Watnick is among about a dozen White house officials, access to the types of classified information Nunes, says he viewed, current and former U.S. officials told the Associated Press. He has chosen a controversial figure in intelligence circles, but Trump him over the objections of the CIA, according to officials. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because they not authorized to discuss the internal matter.
Cohen-Watnick and Nunes both served on the Trump transition team. Nunes has refused to recuse himself from the investigations, despite repeated calls from Democrats. Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has also confidence expressed in Nunes’ behavior in the midst of calls for Ryan to strip Nunes of his presidency.
Fox News’ John Roberts and Chad Pergram contributed to this report. The Associated Press contributed to this report.