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Kristol Asks If Trump Knew About Nunes' White House Visit

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 06:01 PM

Conservative journalist Bill Kristol questioned Tuesday whether President Donald Trump knew about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' secret visit to the White House grounds last week.

"Devin Nunes may have been unwise — I think he was — to go to the White House and look at documents on a White House computer, but let's look at the flip side of that," Kristol, editor at large for The Weekly Standard, told John Berman on CNN.

"Some White House staffer cleared Devin Nunes into the White House," he said. "Some White House staffer logged on to his classified computer to show the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee classified documents, which you're not supposed to do.

"Just because you have clearances, you don't get to see everything. There are protocols. There are distribution lists.

"What about that White House staffer?" Kristol asked. "Did he tell his superiors he was showing these materials, these highly classified materials, to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee?"

Nunes confirmed Monday he had met with a source at the White House complex to review the classified data, but he denied he had coordinated anything with Trump's aides.

After he reviewed the information last week, Nunes said at a news conference that U.S. spy agencies might have captured the communications of Trump and his associates through incidental collection.

President Trump has seized on the statements as some vindication for his assertion former President Barack Obama tapped his telephones at Trump Tower.

But Nunes, top Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff, also of California, and FBI Director James Comey have said no such evidence existed to support Trump's claims.

Kristol, who served as chief of staff to former Vice President Dan Quayle, questioned White House protocol and whether Trump might have known about Nunes' visit.

"Was he ordered to do this by someone above him?" he asked, referring to the staffer. "Did Donald Trump know about this?

"Devin Nunes says, 'Oh, it's just some rogue staffer.' We don't know that.

"We need to know who the staffer is," he added. "They report to someone.

"I was merely a vice presidential chief of staff. If a chairman of the House committee comes and sees a staffer, that would be reported up to his boss and ultimately to me.

"I almost think it's impossible that this wasn't reported up," Kristol said. "Certainly in terms of the classified protocols, there are issues there — and we need to know who is cleared into the White House."

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