He would not say whether it was the same material Nunes had already seen.
Cohen-Watnick is among about a dozen White House officials who would have access to the types of classified information Nunes says he viewed, according to current and former USA officials.
"I can not get into who those individuals were", Spicer said at the daily news briefing.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Thursday that the White House's announcement of materials relevant to his panel's investigation raises "profound questions" about how and why that information was made available, and to whom.
The episode became even more questionable when Nunes revealed that he had received the intelligence information about the monitoring of Trump transition communications at an executive office on the White House grounds. Those individuals' names, according to Nunes, should have been masked as they were not subjects of investigation, but were incidentally swept up as intelligence agencies surveiled other individuals. Fending off growing criticism, the administration invited lawmakers from both parties to view classified material it said relates to surveillance of the president's associates.
Schiff said he hopes the committee gets the White House's cooperation, especially because a "cloud" is now over the Russian Federation probe.
Nunes first announced last Friday that he was inviting Comey back to the House on Tuesday to answer questions in a closed briefing.Читайте также: Meghan Markle Reportedly About To Move In With Prince Harry
That same evening, Republican John McCain appears on MSNBC to say the whole thing has left him baffled and that the committee is dysfunctional.
But right now, the committee has no hearings scheduled, and even its standard meeting later this week has been cancelled. He also requested that Nunes agree to hold the public hearing with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, though he said the chairman has yet to commit to do so.
"First, I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about US citizens involved in the Trump transition", he announces.
Schiff, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have called for Nunes to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. I think it's a kind of conduct and activity we will see going forward.
The California Democrat said he had a "great sense of nostalgia" seeing Senate intelligence committee leaders holding a news conference together on Wednesday, saying that he had that relationship with Nunes up until last week.
One Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, Eric Swallwell, condemned the actions of Nunes as the cover-up of a crime.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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