REPORT: TWO WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS PLAYED ROLE IN GIVING NUNES INTEL REPORTS
Two White House officials helped provide intelligence reports to House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., according to New York Times report Thursday.
The Times identified the officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council and Michael Ellis, who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s office, and who used to be a House Intelligence Committee staffer.
Thirty-year-old Cohen-Watnick has already been the subject of some controversy within the White House. He was, according to the Washington Post, brought in by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and he was moved out of his job by Flynn’s successor, H.R. McMaster. After appealing to Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, the Post reported, Cohen-Watnick was reinstated.