According to the New York Times, two White House officials helped provide Representative Devin Nunes of California, a Republican and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, intelligence reports that Trump and his associates were spied on by American spy agencies.
This is information that Nunes later shared with Trump himself, all before disclosing it to his colleagues. Nunes has put the credibility of the House Intelligence Committee on the line after bypassing committee Democrats and taking information straight to the president.
Nunes is likely to be majorly criticize for being “too eager to do the bidding of the Trump administration while his committee is supposed to be conducting an independent investigation of Russia’s meddling in the last presidential election.”
The two White House officials were identified by current American officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and formerly worked on the staff of the House Intelligence Committee.
According to the Times:
“Officials said the reports consisted primarily of ambassadors and other foreign officials talking about how they were trying to develop contacts within Mr. Trump’s family and inner circle in advance of his inauguration.”
Right now, it is unsure if the House intelligence committee can actually conduct a bipartisan investigation on Russia. This is because Nunes and Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, have held dueling news conferences in the days since Nunes’s revelations.
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