Senate Intel says House GOP leaked senator's texts to Fox News: report

The Senate Intelligence Committee has found that a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee leaked to Fox News text messages sent by Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerRussia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless Bipartisan trio asks US intelligence to investigate ‘deepfakes’ MORE (D-Va.), according to a new report.

Two officials told The New York Times that members of the Senate committee were briefed on the conclusions made by the committee leaders, Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTrump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas Graham: Mueller is going to be allowed to finish investigation MORE (R-N.C.) and Warner.

The Times reports the two men demanded a meeting with Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE (R-Wis.) to address the leak and inform him of their findings. During the meeting, they also raised concerns about the House committee and its leader, Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe MORE (R-Calif.), according to the newspaper.


Last month, Fox News published a series of texts between Warner and lobbyist Adam Waldman, whose firm reportedly has ties to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV | Trump, intel officials clash over Russia docs | EU investigating Amazon | Military gets new cyber authority | Flynn sentencing sparks new questions about Mueller probe READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV Keeping up with Michael Avenatti MORE.

Warner was seeking to establish contact with Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial dossier linking President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE to Russia, as part of the Senate panel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Virginia Democrat exchanged text messages with Waldman, who did work as a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch, about making contact with Steele, according to the Fox News report.

At the time, Fox News reported the texts were obtained from “a Republican source.”

According to the Times, Waldman originally submitted the texts to the Senate committee as part of its investigation. A staffer for Nunes requested in January that copies of the messages also be shared with the House committee.

The documents published by Fox News included a label reading “CONFIDENTIAL: Produced to USSSCI on a Confidential Basis,” which refers to the Senate Intelligence Committee, otherwise known as the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

However, a source told the Times that the document contains other markings showing it came from the House committee. According to the newspaper, a copy of the messages provided to the Senate committee contained page numbers, while the copy given to the House committee did not contain page numbers.

Burr later denied the Times report, telling a CNN reporter that his panel had not concluded that House Republicans were behind the leak. He also denied raising concerns about Nunes during his meeting with Ryan.

A lawyer for Waldman also came to the conclusion that the House committee leaked the messages and complained to Nunes about the leak, according to the Times.

A spokesman for Nunes did not deny that the committee had leaked the messages in a statement to the Times.

“The New York Times, a prominent purveyor of leaks, is highlighting anonymous sources leaking information that accuses Republicans of leaking information,” spokesman Jack Langer told the Times. “I’m not sure if this coverage could possibly get more absurd.”

Trump at the time cited the Fox News report in a Twitter attack on Warner, saying it was “all tied into Crooked Hillary.”

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' For Poland, a time for justice Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh MORE (R-Fla.), another member of the Senate committee, dismissed the Fox report at the time, saying Warner had disclosed his contacts to the committee and that they had “zero impact” on its ongoing investigation.

Updated: 12:51 p.m.