Russian Federation investigation: Adam Schiff releases statement after viewing docs shown to Nunes

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 2, 2017

The House intelligence committee's top Democrat says materials he viewed at the White House Friday were "precisely the same" as the information provided to his Republican counterpart last week.

The U.S. intelligence official who "unmasked", or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone "very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world", a source told Fox News on Friday.

Rep. Schiff had been critical of Nunes for not sharing the intelligence with the full committee, which - along with the Senate intelligence committee and the FBI - is investigating Russia's meddling in the USA presidential election as well as any potential collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

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. And amid mounting attention on Trump's frequent weekend jaunts to his winter retreat in Palm Beach, Fla., and attendant golf-course outings, aides said the president would remain in Washington this weekend holding meetings at the White House.

In many ways, the first weeks of the Trump White House have resembled a chaotic tech startup.

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.

During the briefing Spicer also suggested that administration officials may have more evidence to back up Farkas's account-as well as Trump's assertion that his campaign was being spied on by the Obama administration-that they meant to share with congressional leaders. A longtime confidante of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who had served as the Republican National Committee chairman, Walsh viewed Trump with skepticism throughout much of the campaign.

"There is a - there is a concern that people misused, mishandled, misdirected classified information, leaked it out, spread it out, violated civil liberties". His public declarations came days after Trump officials privately suggested to reporters that they focus on that same topic, a signal that the California congressman and the White House may have been working in tandem. And better 'sources, ' " Sims wrote.

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.

During a March 2 appearance on MSNBC, Farkas said she had encouraged her former colleagues to gather as much intelligence as possible, fearing it would be "hidden away in the bureaucracy". I used to work at the NSC.

Rep. Adam Schiff said the White House has not explained why the materials were shared with only one member of the committee, chairman Devin Nunes. "As Chairman Nunes said himself, he was not hiding or roaming".

"When you compare the two sides in terms of who's actually engaging with Russian Federation, trying to strengthen them, trying to act with them, trying to interact with them, it is night and day between our actions and her actions", Spicer said. "He came over, which happens daily".

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