Ryan: Nunes source a ‘whistleblower type’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) described the source of his information about incidental surveillance of President Trump’s transition team as a “whistleblower type,” Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer MORE (R-Wis.) said Thursday.

“He had told me that a whistleblower type person had given him some information that was new, that spoke to the last administration and part of this investigation,” Ryan said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”

“What Chairman Nunes said was he came into possession of new information he thought was valuable to this investigation and he was going to go and inform people about it.”


Ryan said he did not urge Nunes to inform Trump of his findings, saying he told him to include it in his committee's probe of Russia’s election interference.

“He didn’t have the documents, so I didn’t,” Ryan said when asked if he saw Nunes's physical evidence. "He was going to brief everybody.”

Nunes revealed last week that he has seen evidence the U.S. intelligence community incidentally surveilled Trump’s transition team before Inauguration Day.

Nunes met with an unidentified source on White House grounds the day before the announcement to view evidence of the surveillance.

Nunes, who has not shared his proof with fellow Intelligence panel members, said Tuesday he would not publicly reveal sources amid widespread pressure.

Multiple Democrats and one Republican have since urged Nunes to recuse himself from his committee’s probe of Russia’s intrusions in the 2016 race.