In an unusual move, the night before the chairman on the House Intelligence Committee had a meeting with President Donald Trump to inform him that the intelligence community “incidentally collected” information on his staff, Rep. Devin Nunes mysteriously left his aides behind during a late night secret trip.
The Daily Beast reports that the Republican Rep. and an aide were getting a ride with Uber Tuesday night when Nunes received a call and then suddenly left the car without giving an explanation. Three committee officials were there to witness the incident.
The next day, Nunes called an unexpected press conference where he said, “The intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.”
Nunes was then attacked by House Intelligence Committee members for failing to share the information with them first, with some Democrats insisting that he recuse himself for being a “surrogate for the White House.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, chastised Nunes for not telling them what he saw and who showed it to him.
During a press conference on Friday, Schiff mentioned Nunes’ “dead of night excursion,” before insisting that he and other members of the committee are still “in the dark.”
“It’s not just that he hasn’t shared them with Democrats on the committee, he hasn’t shared them with Republicans on the committee,” Schiff explained.