Top Democrat on House panel says he has seen controversial intel reports

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The scene surrounding what is President Trump and the alleged surveillance of his transition team by the Obama Administration seems to continue to be ever so chaotic, as just yesterday, supposed sources for the intelligence which was taken to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who are private United States citizens, were unmasked.

Rep. Adam Schiff says the White House has not explained why the materials were shared with only one member of the committee, chairman Devin Nunes.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer continued to deflect questions regarding Chairman Nunes' handling of classified information, but did defend his visit to the White House to view classified documents as "routine and proper".

The White House contends that Nunes' information - which has not been made public - validates Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his NY skyscraper.

"If these documents are the same as those shared with our Chairman over a week ago, the White House must fully disclose what role it appears to have played in concealing that the White House was the very source of documents presented to the White House". The California congressman later said he viewed the reports at the White House. Trump has suffered defeats in court, where his travel ban on six predominantly Muslim countries remains halted by judges, and in Congress, where legislation scaling back Obamacare failed to reach the House floor last week because of opposition by conservatives. The numbers themselves were not classified, said the official.

Team Trump may have managed to navigate the politics of 2016, but the maze of the vast federal bureaucracy Steve Bannon seeks to "deconstruct" might be the ultimate undoing of Trump's White House. "And fourth and finally, I want to be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia, or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team", he added.

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Shortly after the bemusing press conference, Trump himself took to social media to clarify his next move against White House leaks in a long series of tweets. They were first named in reports by The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, likened the situation to a "mystery novel", telling CNN this week that, "you never know what is going to happen next". After years in the White House, Obama aides-many of whom had more governing experience in their pinky fingers than Trump's entire top White House staff-likely had the competence to layer those intelligence nuggets in ways Bannon & Co. will never be able to comprehend. "Let's talk about some of the substance", Spicer said.

'We need people to investigate who actually have an interest in an independent investigation, ' said protester Annaliese Herms, a 23-year-old office worker from Fresno.

And though he stopped short of saying Farkas' claims proved the President's unsubstantiated claim that former President Obama unlawfully ordered the surveillance of Trump Tower, Spicer frequently mentioned Farkas and Trump's wiretapping claim in the same breath.

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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