House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) made a visit to the White House last week where he received intel information from two White House Officials, which he shared with Donald Trump the next day. He didn’t release any of that information to anyone but the president.
Now, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is probing both officials that released the information to Nunes.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote a letter to the White House Counsel Donald McGahn and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, where he asked whether the pair are “personally aware of the activities of your own staff” surrounding Nunes’ visit to the White House last week.
“Were either of you personally aware of the activities of your own staff in contacting Chairman Nunes, facilitating his entry onto the White House grounds, or providing him with access to classified information?” Cummings asked in the letter released Friday.
The two officials that delivered the classified information to Nunes were identified asMichael Ellis, a national security attorney with the White House Counsel’s Office and Ezra Cohen-Watnick of the National Security Council.
Nunes told Bloomberg he used “the White House to help to confirm what I already knew from other sources.”
Cummings also asked in the letter if there will be any disciplinary action taken on the White House staffers who reportedly helped Nunes.
“If these activities occurred without your knowledge, will any disciplinary measures be taken against these staff for this apparent breach?” he wrote.
“Was anyone else at the White House involved in these activities, and if so, who?” the lawmaker added.