Report: 2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports
Two White House officials helped provide intelligence documents to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), The New York Times reported on Thursday.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a former House Intelligence Committee staffer who now works as a lawyer on national security issues at the White House Counsel's Office, "assisted in the disclosure of the intelligence reports," according to the Times.
Nunes and his committee are conducting the investigation into Russian meddling in the election and alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Nunes, who has refused to identify his sources, has been criticized by his congressional colleagues for sharing information with President Trump before consulting with other members of the intelligence committee.
A spokesperson for Nunes declined to comment on the Times report.
"As he’s stated many times, Chairman Nunes will not confirm or deny speculation about his source’s identity, and he will not respond to speculation from anonymous sources," Director of Communications Jack Langer said in a statement.
Democrats say Nunes is too close to the White House and Trump, and they want him to recuse himself from the Russia probe. Nunes has resisted, defending his actions.