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Senate Intel Says House Panel Leaked Private Russia Texts

Senate Intel Says House Panel Leaked Private Russia Texts

Republicans in the US House of Representatives are behind the leak of text messages between Mark Warner, the top Democrat on Senate Intelligence Committee, and Russian-connected lawyer Adam Waldman, US media reported. Additionally, neither the documents sent to the House committee nor the ones published by Fox News contained page numbers, while the original copy possessed by the Senate committee did.

In January, one of [Devin] Nunes's staff members requested that copies be shared with the House committee as well...
Burr of North Carolina, the committee's Republican chairman, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat, were so perturbed by the leak that they demanded a rare meeting with Speaker Paul D. Ryan last month to inform him of their findings.

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. Richard Burr rejected The New York Times' version of events in comments to CNN's Manu Raju: "Burr flatly denies report that his panel has concluded that Nunes/House Rs behind leak of Warner texts", Raju tweeted. Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said the speaker "heard the senators on their concerns and encouraged them to take them up directly with their counterparts".

"The New York Times, a prominent purveyor of leaks, is highlighting anonymous sources leaking information that accuses Republicans of leaking information", spokesperson Jack Langer told the Times. That report was hyped by Republicans, included Donald Trump, and came on the heels of the president's decision to release a partisan memo by Nunes, which purported to prove surveillance abuses during the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Fox News published the text messages in early February.

On Twitter, Trump used Fox News' story about Warner's texts to try and discredit him.

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That Nunes would leak Warner's confidential text messages is ironic, given that he spent much of 2017 running interference for Trump by publicly claiming his campaign officials had their privacy violated when their names appeared in intelligence reports.

But using the leaked texts, Fox News portrayed Warner as having "had extensive contact past year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering. access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele".

Burr and Warner told the Times in a joint statement that they did meet with Ryan but did not request any specific action.

Both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are conducting probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Perhaps you remember a Republican attempt from a few weeks ago to invent a scandal about Sen.


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