Company bankrolling Nunes’ 2018 campaign employs ex-Trump transition member who fed ‘unmasking’ info
Five executives at the Oracle—a Silicon Valley tech company that employs the former White House aide who fed “unmasking” information to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) last year—have donated a combined $35,000 to the GOP rep’s 2018 re-election campaign, the Daily Beast reports.
The cashflow started in the months after former National Security Council member Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who served alongside Nunes on Trump’s transition team, joined Oracle—a “Republican outlier in Silicon Valley,” according to the Beast.
Cohen-Watnick joined the company after he was forced off the National Security Council in August 2017, where he’d been a staunch supporter of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Coehn-Watnick was one of two White House officials who participated in a clandestine meeting with Nunes, during which the House Intelligence Committee chairman obtained documents purporting to show former Obama administration officials improperly “unmasked” members of Trump’s transition team.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) has said “The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes.”