House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) met with Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Thursday following several days of tension over their investigation into Russia's potential meddling in USA elections.
The White House's invitation letter came amid a quickly rising storm over Rep. Devin Nunes, who heads the House intelligence committee.
Citing unnamed US officials, the Times identified the White House 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".
The New York Times reported Thursday that two White House officials played a role in providing Nunes the intelligence he received at the White House last week, a report Spicer would neither confirm nor deny Thursday.
"Today, I briefed the President about the concerns I had about incidental collection and how it relates to President-elect Trump", he said.
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a question during the daily press briefing, Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the White House in Washington. Intelligence agencies routinely monitor the communications of foreign officials living in the US, though the identities of Americans swept up in that collection is to be protected. The circuitous route might have been "designed to hide the origins of the information", he suggested, which "raises profound questions about what the White House is doing".
Nunes has repeatedly insisted that the events of the past week were not part of a coordinated effort between himself and the White House. In the letter, the administration invited him and Nunes to review National Security Council documents relevant to the investigation.
He added that his "smell test" remark was based on Nunes's words at the time.
There, he meets with an unnamed source who gives him info that says, during the election, Trump and his aides were caught up in surveillance by the intelligence community. House Speaker Paul Ryan, in an interview with CBS' "This Morning" that aired Thursday, said Nunes told him a "whistleblower-type person" provided the information. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffWhite House invites House Intel Dem to view documents Obama should testify before Senate Intelligence Committee Schiff: I don't think White House wants to see Yates testify MORE (D-Calif.) has been invited to view are the same mystery documents seen by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House panel, Schiff said.
"We had staff-to-staff discussions with their congressional affairs people", Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said.