Adam Schiff is Shown WH Documents; Leaves Unimpressed
None of it makes any sense. Both Sean Spicer and Devin Nunes claimed that the WH wasn’t Nunes’ source. So why is Schiff now being invited to go to the WH to see this intel?
In any case, he’s not impressed by what he saw.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) March 31, 2017
“Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he still has deep concerns about the Trump administration’s handling of classified intelligence following a trip to the White House to review key documents for himself.”
“Schiff issued a brief statement after viewing the documents, which had previously been made available only to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).”
“It was represented to me that these are precisely the same materials that were provided to the Chairman over a week ago,” Schiff said. “Nothing I could see today warranted a departure from the normal review procedures, and these materials should now be provided to the full membership of both committees.”
The California Democrat added, “The White House has yet to explain why senior White House staff apparently shared these materials with but one member of either committee, only for their contents to be briefed back to the White House.”
Nothing in the explanations of either Nunes or Spicer has remotely added up. Why did Nunes say he had to brief Trump when Trump is now showing Schiff this intelligence? What’s clear is that the WH has stepped over the normal Chinese Wall arrangement with the DOJ and FBI.
You have to wonder if the WH is spying on the FBI.
Back to the Politico piece on Schiff’s reaction:
“Nunes set off a firestorm last week when he made a secret trip to the White House grounds to review the documents and then in multiple press conferences portrayed them as evidence that Trump transition aides might have been improperly monitored by the Obama administration following November’s election.”
“Schiff, in his statement Friday, declined to weigh in on Nunes’ characterization of the materials, saying he “cannot discuss the content of the documents” because they’re classified.”
“Schiff recently wondered aloud whether the White House had been trying to “launder” information through the House Intelligence Committee in a bid to distract from the panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump’s team and Moscow.”
As they are classified documents why was Nunes discussing them? As Congressman Elijah Cummings says, Nunes can’t run this investigation, he needs to be a subject of this investigation.
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