This morning reports emerged that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the House Intelligence Committee Chair, reviewed classified documents at the White House the day before he unilaterally relayed that information to Donald Trump and later made a breathless announcement to the press that the intel contained information that Trump and his advisors may have been captured in incidental surveillance of other targets.
On Monday afternoon, Nunes admitted that he did review the documents at the White House, the Washington Post reports:
Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) went to the White House last week “in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source,” Nunes’s spokesman, Jack Langer, said in a statement. Langer said that Nunes also met an unidentified source on the White House grounds.
Langer said that because the information had not been provided to Congress, Nunes could not have used secure facilities at the Capitol to review it. He added that “the White House grounds was the best location to safeguard the proper chain of custody and classification of these documents.”
Nunes has still not relayed the specifics of the documents he reviewed to the other members of the House Intel Committee and canceled a meeting that was scheduled to be held today.
Senator Chuck Schumer on Monday called for House Speaker Paul Ryan to replace Nunes as the head of the committee.
Said Schumer: “Without further ado, Speaker Ryan should replace Chairman Nunes. If Speaker Ryan wants the House to have a credible investigation, he needs to replace Chairman Nunes.”
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