House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was on the White House grounds the day before he announced he had seen intelligence that showed members of President Trump's transition team had been caught up in surveillance operations.
Nunes said he was on White House grounds, but not in the White House itself, for meetings "to confirm what I already knew," and he noted no one in the White House knew he was there.
A spokesperson for Nunes told The Hill in a statement that the congressman "met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source."
Nunes declined to comment further because he didn't want to "compromise sources and methods."
The White House directed questions about the episode to Nunes.
"We have been made aware through public reports that Chairman Nunes confirmed he was on the White House grounds on Tuesday and any questions concerning his meeting should be directed to the Chairman," the White House said.
“The information comprised executive branch documents that have not been provided to Congress,” a Nunes spokesman said. “Because of classification rules, the source could not simply put the documents in a backpack and walk them over to the House Intelligence Committee space. The White House grounds was the best location to safeguard the proper chain of custody and classification of these documents, so the Chairman could view them in a legal way."
Updated at 1:10 p.m.