Devin Nunes

Three White House officials tied to files shared with House intelligence chairman

The Washington Post reported today,

At least three senior White House officials, including the top lawyer for the National Security Council, were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and showed that Trump campaign officials were swept up in U.S. surveillance of foreign nationals, according to U.S. officials.

The White House role in the matter contradicts assertions by the committee’s chairman,

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and adds to mounting concerns that the Trump administration is collaborating with the leader of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Though White House officials have refused to answer questions about the documents shared with Nunes, the White House said in a letter to the House committee Thursday that it had “discovered documents” that might show whether information collection on U.S. persons was mishandled and was prepared to show them to lawmakers.

The three White House officials have been identified by The New York Times and The Washington Post as Michael Ellis, White House Counsel’s Office, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, National Security Council, and John Eisenberg, Lawyer, National Security Council.

2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports, The New York Times, March 30

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