The White House has granted the military broader authority to carry out strikes in Somalia against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants, the Pentagon says, the latest sign Trump is increasing USA military engagement in the region.
Nunes earlier this month said he had been shown information indicating that the USA intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of President Trump's transition team.
Based on information he had, Nunes concluded that Trump's transition team had been the victims of surveillance of Obama intelligence officials.
He previously served on Trump's transition team.
Schiff, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have called for Nunes to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who hasn't detailed Nunes' visit to the White House last week, cited Nunes' comments to Bloomberg on Monday.
Behind the occasionally freaky details, however, lie major foreign policy disputes within the U.S. ruling elite, with powerful forces, particularly in the military-intelligence apparatus, opposed to Trump's apparently softer line on Russia-or at least, his shift towards confronting China and Iran first, rather than continuing with the Obama policy of confronting Russian Federation in the Middle East, Ukraine and the Baltic states. He declined to say what specific information the White House had uncovered, and couldn't say whether Trump himself had been briefed on the materials.
North Korean Rocket Test Raises Tensions
Japan, which was Tillerson's first stop before traveling to South Korea and China, hosts tens of thousands of USA troops. North Korea may have just taken a step towards developing a functional intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The House panel's work has been deeply, and perhaps irreparably, undermined by Nunes' apparent coordination with the White House. Days later, Rep. Nunes announced that he had evidence, via an unnamed source, showing that Trump and his aides' communications had been collected through legal means but then "widely disseminated" throughout government agencies.
Ellis was person who showed NUNES the information. But he raised concerns that the White House may have provided the information to his Republican counterpart first, and if so, why.
He added that his "smell test" remark was based on Nunes's words at the time.
Cohen-Watnick is among about a dozen White House officials who would have access to the types of classified information Nunes says he viewed, according to current and former US officials.
The NYT has published the names of two White House staffers who assisted House Intel Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) when he went to the White House to view classified documents suggesting that Donald Trump and his aides were captured in incidental surveillance.
"We had staff-to-staff discussions with their congressional affairs people", Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said.