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Two Key Figures In Nunes Controversy Dodge Questions

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By    |   Friday, 31 Mar 2017 12:24 PM

Two of the men at the center of the controversy involving information handed over to Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dodged questions today.

White House lawyer Michael Ellis was asked by NBC News if he helped provide Nunes with intelligence information and said: "I'm not talking about anything."

John Eisenberg, the top lawyer for the National Security Council was asked by the network news whether he could comment and replied: "I have no idea."

The New York Times reported sources identified Ellis and Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director of intelligence at the National Security Council, as two of the officials who helped provide Nunes with intelligence reports that revealed President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies.

"Though neither has been accused of breaking any laws, they do appear to have sought to use intelligence to advance the political goals of the Trump administration," the newspaper noted.

And The Washington Post noted at least three senior White House officials were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with Nunes.

It said Cohen, after putting together reports showing the Trump campaign officials were mentioned by U.S. spy agencies targeting foreign individuals, took the matter to Eisenberg. It noted Ellis reports directly to Eisenberg.

Nunes said the information he reviewed made him concerned that U.S. intelligence agencies had mishandled information on members of the Trump campaign, according to the Post.

He has refused to identify the sources who provided him with the information.

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