House Intel Chair Devin Nunes on Monday defended meeting an intelligence source on White House grounds a day before he revealed that Donald Trump and a member of the transition team may have been “incidentally” surveilled by U.S. intelligence agencies.
“I had to go to the White House to meet with a source,” Nunes told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa. “Can no one go to the White House anymore?”
Nunes to me just now: “I had to go to the White House to meet with a source. Can no one go to the White House anymore?”— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa)1490646470.0
Nunes declined to reveal his source or who let him into WH to review intel. “We have to protect people who bring information to the cmmte"— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa)1490646590.0
Nunes roiled fellow members of the House Intelligence Committee last week after he unilaterally decided to inform the president and the press about potential legal surveillance that may have included communications with Trump or his associated.
Nunes, a former member of Trump’s transition team, refused to identify the source of this new intelligence, but at a press conference Wednesday he was unable to assure reporters the information did not come from the White House.
The Trump administration has repeatedly berated journalists for using anonymous sources in their reporting.