President Trump Invites House Intel Committee to View NSC Docs

"The image I have in my head of the White House is of a runaway train", said Jeremy Bash, a former chief of staff at both the U.S. Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency on MSNBC. Democrats were going insane.

Nunes neglected to share the information with Democrats before speaking with the press and the president, raising doubts about the congressman's objectivity. The optics is awful on this.

When The New York Times reported Thursday that two White House officials had shown House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) the classified reports he cited when publicly alleging that President Trump's transition team communications had been incidentally collected during foreign surveillance, Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake took special note.

Congress is supposed to act as a check on the executive branch, but that isn't happening in light of Nunes' actions, critics said Thursday.

Spicer previously refused to rule out that Nunes' source, who has remained anonymous, was a White House official.

According to the newspaper, the two officials were Ezra Cohen-Watnick of the National Security Council and a national security lawyer with the White House Counsel's Office, Michael Ellis. "It turns out, he misled me".

Nunes told KSEE that just because people in the White House might have been aware of the reports, they weren't necessarily "the source of my information". The fact that Nunes said he went to the White House grounds to view them, though, has fueled speculation that they may have come from inside the White House. For fear that naming names could cause a "chilling effect" on others coming to the committee with sensitive info, Nunes has only described his sources as "whistleblowers" putting themselves at risk to expose wrongdoing.

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For now, the House chair has cancelled all committee meetings and plans to delay his investigation into whether members of Trump's campaign were in collusion with Russian efforts to rig the presidential election.

The president has not yet provided specific proof, but the White House had pointed to a litany media reports suggesting that members of Trump's team had been surveilled, although not in the way Trump initially suggested.

Spicer, however, didn't really address much of the substance either.

A White House spokesman declined to comment.

Schiff was not clear on this point either, but said he is "more than willing" to go the White House to look over the documents. Nunes burned him and is running out of allies on Capitol Hill. But a senior White House official told CNN "Reince is not next".

But this was a show. They are political appointees.

According to The Times, Cohen-Watnick began reviewing the highly classified reports shortly after Trump made his unfounded claim on Twitter in early March that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.

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