Schiff views docs at WH, calls for them to be given to committee

Schiff views docs at WH, calls for them to be given to committee
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The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat confirmed Friday evening that he was "presented" the same information at the White House that was given to the panel's chairman last week.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Calif.) said he viewed materials at the White House with his staff director that were presented as "precisely the same materials" given to Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) last week.

"While I cannot discuss the content of the documents, if the White House had any concern over these materials, they should have been shared with the full committees in the first place as a part of our ordinary oversight responsibilities," Schiff said in a statement.


"Nothing I could see today warranted a departure from the normal review procedures, and these materials should now be provided to the full membership of both committees," he said.

The White House invited the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence panels to view the material after Nunes' trek to White House grounds last week caused a stir. 

The GOP chairman visited White House grounds a day before he returned to brief President Trump, saying he learned the U.S. intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of Trump's transition team.

Democrats slammed his decision to brief Trump on the information before committee members, and a number of top Democrats called for him to recuse himself, which he rebuffed.

The New York Times reported Thursday that two White House officials helped Nunes acquire the information that he later used to brief Trump.

"The White House has yet to explain why senior White House staff apparently shared these materials with but one member of either committee, only for their contents to be briefed back to the White House," Schiff said Friday.