House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said in an interview earlier today that the reports about White House officials helping provide him the information he read on White House grounds are “mostly wrong.”
The New York Times reported yesterday that two White House officials––Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis––“played a role” in helping Nunes view the intelligence he saw on White House grounds last week. The Washington Post followed that up with its own report saying that “at least three senior White House officials, including the top lawyer for the National Security Council, were involved in the handling of intelligence files” Nunes reviewed.
The chairman stated that he wouldn’t get into “sources and methods,” but added, “Those reports are mostly wrong.”
He said they’re full of “innuendo” and while there were people who were probably aware of him being on White House grounds, “that doesn’t make them the source of my information.”
Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake wrote yesterday that Nunes had “misled” him by saying his source of information was an intel official and not a White House staffer:
The chairman told me Thursday that elements of the Times story were inaccurate. But he acknowledged: “I did use the White House to help to confirm what I already knew from other sources.”
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