The Obama administration was so anxious about the fate of classified documents connected to the Russian Federation probes under President Trump that officials made a list of the papers and gave it to Senate investigators, a new report said Friday. Reaching back to campaign mode, Trump aides also contend that Hillary Clinton had more extensive ties to Moscow than Trump.
Nunes is facing criticism for going to Trump after a secret intelligence briefing before reporting his findings to his committee. The truth is buried somewhere in classified material that is illegal to disclose.
The White House acknowledged in March that Trump's transition team was aware before Flynn was tapped to serve as national security adviser that he had engaged in work that would likely require him to register his consulting firm as a foreign agent.
President Trump took to Twitter to offer his support for Flynn, saying he should ask for immunity and suggesting the investigations are a witch hunt.
Farkas said this week that she personally had no intelligence to spread, because she was not working for the USA government during that time.
"The White House has a lot of questions to answer", he declared.
"What he is instructing is Mike Flynn to do everything he can to cooperate with the committees as he's asked to look into this", Spicer said.
"It's not in our interest to talk about the process, what occurred between Chairman Nunes and coming here was both routine and proper", Spicer said. One of Trump's tweets said that "Obama was tapping my phones in October".
The serial numbers themselves were not classified, the official said.
Farkas was no longer in government when she urged officials to collect intelligence on "the staff, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians".
Over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump expressed views about HB2, but said different things.
"The main issue in this case, is not only the unmasking of these names of private citizens, but the spreading of these names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security or an investigation into Russia's interference in the US election", a congressional source close to the investigation told Fox News.
The White House has embraced a top Republican's assertion that information about Trump associates were improperly spread around the government in the final days of the Obama administration. "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".
Nunes has come under fire for secretly meeting on White House grounds last week to acquire the information from his source.
Reports also surfaced Thursday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was negotiating with the House and Senate intelligence committees to testify about any Trump campaign dealings with Russian Federation after he would be given immunity from prosecution.
After it had become clear that Nunes had personally briefed President Trump on the documents and called the press conference all before sharing information with the Democratic members of the Intelligence Committee, he began to face calls to recuse himself from the investigation.
The approach appears to be based, at least in part, on the White House's anxiety over the Russian Federation investigations, which threaten to seriously weaken his presidency. The White House quickly embraced Nunes' revelations, saying they vindicated Trump's explosive and unverified claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped his NY skyscraper. As you can see above, the idea of making this distinction about the basic details of an extremely serious allegation got Sean Spicer really cheesed off.
A US official confirmed Cohen-Watnick had access to the kind of intelligence materials, but maintained he did not play a role in helping the congressman access the documents.