White House says new information has emerged on Russian Federation probe

Posted March 31, 2017

A Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee wants a thorough review of the financial relationships between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump and his associates.

Cohen-Watnick was almost fired earlier in the month at the request of National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, but was overruled by US President Donald Trump after he appealed to White House advisers Stephen Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump's Jewish son-in-law.

"I was informed in a letter from White House counsel that the National Security Council staff found these materials in the ordinary course of business", Schiff told reporters at a press briefing.

"I can not get into who those individuals were", Spicer said at the daily news briefing.

"We received that nearly simultaneously as the time he [Sean Spicer] announced it at the press conference", the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday. He would not say whether it was the same material Nunes had already seen.

The chairman has said that he met with the source at the White House because he needed to use a secure facility, although there are other secure facilities around Washington, including those used by his committee in Congress.

"They don't need our chairman to deliver something to the president", Schiff said.

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Spicer's comments come as the leaders of the House intelligence committee are trying to get their Russian Federation investigation back on the rails, according to Schiff.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer last week cast doubt on the idea that the intelligence came from the White House, saying it "doesn't pass the smell test".

"We're doing our best to try and get the investigation back on track", Schiff said following the meeting. He has said he will not share his intel with the committee.

Instead, the White House continued to sidestep queries about its role in showing Nunes classified information that appears to have included transcripts of foreign officials discussing Trump's transition to the presidency, according to current and former US officials. 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.

He then refused to comment on the reports that White House staffers gave Nunes information.

"I don't know why he would brief the speaker, then come down here to brief us on something that we would've briefed him on", Spicer said. The intelligence showed, he said, that Trump was "monitored".

The Senate intelligence committee has a list of 20 witnesses it's called, and Schiff said he thinks the House panel is looking at a similar number.