White House: Real story about alleged leaks by Obama administration, not Russia

Congressman heading Russia inquiry avoids angry protesters

Trump and his senior aides spent much of the day on the defensive, parrying the latest reports that senior administration officials had potentially acted improperly in the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Moscow's meddling in the US elections and possible links between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

At least some of what Nunes viewed at the White House is believed to be communications between foreign governments discussing the incoming administration, which could have been picked up through routine monitoring of diplomats and other foreign officials living in the U.S.

Both Nunes and Schiff "possess the appropriate credentials and clearances", Spicer added.

The chairman later briefed the president on the information and declared publicly that the documents showed Trump campaign aides were swept up in USA intelligence surveillance of foreign nationals. And as president-elect, Hayden said, Trump would have had access to much of this information.

Characteristically, President Donald Trump's team is often escalating confrontations rather than dampening them.

The top Democrat on a USA congressional committee investigating alleged ties between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign faulted the White House for withholding until information it said it had shared last week with his Republican counterpart.

Warner in the interview Sunday also called the behavior of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) "bizarre, at best".

"When the time comes to consider requests for immunity from any witness, we will of course require a detailed proffer of any intended testimony", Schiff said.

Trump has a lot to prepare for, with three world leaders - Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Chinese President Xi Jinping - due to meet with the president next week.

In many safe conservative districts, House Freedom Caucus members ran ahead of Trump's numbers in their re-election races a year ago, raising doubts about the extent of the President's leverage. "We anticipated being fully engulfed in health care right now".

On Thursday, the administration announced its first major staff adjustment, with Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh leaving to oversee an outside political group that supports the president's agenda.

Trump, with the backing of political advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, initially sought to put Wall Street billionaire Stephen Feinberg in charge of a review of the intelligence agencies.

Capitol Hill and Justice Department investigators have signaled interest in interviewing Flynn as they probe allegations of ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. He then rushed over to the White House to share the information with President Trump, speaking again to reporters outside.

White House aides then requested Flynn update his forms earlier this week - ahead of the wider Friday release of materials for more than 180 Trump staffers.

"Get a grip. And better 'sources, '" Sims wrote.

Officially, the White House said Flynn was forced to resign because he'd give inaccurate descriptions of the discussions to Vice President Mike Pence and others in the White House. "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".

Exemplifying the worsening atmosphere of Russia-US ties, Alexey Pushkov, a senior Russian lawmaker, tweeted: "New US administration sounds just like the old one - Mattis is indistinguishable from (former Defense Secretary Ash) Carter, Tillerson is talking about 'Russian aggression.' (Barack) Obama and (Hillary) Clinton must be happy". The change would have given his White House advisers more control about the assessments given to him and sidelined some of the conclusions made by intelligence professionals. I used to work at the NSC. One U.S. official also emphasized that Cohen-Watnick did not directly brief Nunes and was unaware that Nunes would eventually be briefed on the documents. "As Chairman Nunes said himself, he was not hiding or roaming".

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