House Republicans Reportedly Leaked Democratic Senator's Texts To Fox News

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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee apparently leaked a Senate Democrat's private text messages to Fox News in an attempt to discredit him, The New York Times writes based on the Senate Intelligence Committee's conclusions. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the panel whose texts were leaked, and Sen.

The Senate panel's leaders called for a meeting with House speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to discuss the breach last month, the New York Times reported.

In January, one of [Devin] Nunes's staff members requested that copies be shared with the House committee as well...

The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were behind the leak....

The two senators said Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee leaked a batch of text messages between Warner and a lobbyist he had hoped would lead him to the dossier alleging troubling connections between President Trump and Russian Federation.

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"The New York Times, a prominent purveyor of leaks, is highlighting anonymous sources leaking information that accuses Republicans of leaking information", spokesman Jack Langer said in statement on Thursday. Nunes drafted and pushed for public release a controversial memo last month accusing the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation of impropriety in their separate probe into the Russian meddling and possible connections to President Donald Trump's campaign. "I'm not sure if this coverage could possibly get more absurd".

Earlier this month, Fox News published text messages between Warner and Hillary Clinton-connected lobbyist and lawyer Adam Waldman. Though they were marked "CONFIDENTIAL: Produced to USSSCI on a Confidential Basis", suggesting that they had come from the Senate panel, known as the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the person familiar with the congressional requests said that the stamp was misleading and that other markings gave away their actual origin...

The leaked communication also appears to fall in line with Warner's duties on the intelligence committee.

The texts were an effort by Mr. Warner to contact Christopher Steele, the ex-British intelligence officer behind the notorious anti-Trump dossier alleging long-standing connections between the Kremlin and President Trump's campaign.

Burr told reporters on Thursday that he and Warner did not talk to Ryan specifically about concerns over Nunes. His handling of classified information with respect to the "unmasking" scandal he tried to gin up in tandem with the White House was investigated by the House Intelligence Committee, which cleared him of wrongdoing in December.