Minutes after Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) concluded a hastily called press conference, Intel Vice Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) scorched him before the cameras.
The FBI has been investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation since late July, FBI Director James Comey revealed in testimony Monday before the intelligence panel.
"Details about USA persons associated with the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting", Nunes said.
Earlier today, Nunes told reporters that Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, would give testimony to the committee's probe into the president's connections with Russian Federation.
"You can ask me every single name on the planet and I'm still not going to tell you who our sources are", he said. Speier said she believes Nunes obtained it "either from the White House or possibly by someone associated with the White House". But I'm quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks.
Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland.
The Democrat was also fiercely critical of Nunes for his assertion that some administration officials had their communications swept up through "incidental collection" by intelligence agencies.
Nunes would not say whether Trump's own communications were collected. "What Chairman Nunes said is that there was evidence of surveillance that occurred during the election, and I think that's important to note".
Though supporters of the president have trumpeted Nunes' findings as vindication for Trump's tweeted allegations that President Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower, Nunes told reporters Friday "that didn't happen".
The "smoking gun" is reportedly contained in documents from the National Security Agency, and will be delivered to the House Intelligence Committee by Friday. We are deeply concerned about the turn of events in the investigation of President Donald Trump, his campaign aides, and their ties with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and election. Senator John McCain, a Republican heading the powerful armed services committee of the upper chamber of USA congress, said he is calling for "select committee or a special committee ..."