White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was pressed by a reporter on Monday about the possibility that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes obtained leaked intelligence information from the White House. Though trying to be dismissive, Spicer admitted that “anything is possible.”
I can’t say 100 percent that I know anything [about] what [Rep. Nunes] briefed [the president] on. What I can tell you, through his public comments, is he has said he had multiple sources that he came to a conclusion on. The degree to which any of those sources weighed on the ultimate outcome of what he came to a decision on, I don’t know, and that’s something, frankly, I don’t even know that he discussed with the president.
As we’ve reported, Nunes ran off to a late-night meeting last week without even informing hist staff where he was going. Nunes later admitted, that he went to the grounds of the White House, saying it was the closest secure facility in which he could view classified intelligence. Reports from CNN suggest that Nunes met with someone from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House, where administration officials, including those working for the Office of the Vice President.
The day after this meeting, Nunes held an impromptu press conference, revealing that aides close to the president and possibly Trump himself were captured by “incidental” intelligence*. There were reports that one of these people was Vice President Mike Pence.
The real question is why someone from the Trump administration would involve Nunes who would then, in turn, brief the president.
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*Author’s Note: This means they were involved or mentioned by people who are the subject of surveillance. While this does not confirm the president’s baseless accusation he was wire-tapped, it has led to the GOP’s focus on the practice of “unmasking” the names of American citizens caught up in foreign surveillance.
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