Davin Nunes (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Paul Ryan: Devin Nunes' source is a "whistleblower-type person"

In an interview on "CBS This Morning," the House Speaker provided some cover for the House Intelligence chair


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Taylor Link
March 30, 2017 6:45PM (UTC)

As the rush is on to discover who leaked Rep. Devin Nunes information about possible surveillance of President Trump's transition team, House Speaker Paul Ryan is providing some cover for the House Intelligence Chair, saying that he or she was a "whistle blower-type person."

“He had told me that a whistle blower-type person had given him some information that was new that spoke to the last administration and part of this investigation,” Ryan said on "CBS This Morning" Thursday.

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“He briefed me about it. Didn’t know the content of it. Only knew the nature of it and that he was going to brief others,” he added.

There had been speculation that Ryan potentially directed Nunes to bring whatever information he found to the president. CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell asked Ryan if he did indeed coordinate Nunes' trip to the White House.

"No, but I told him to add it to his investigation," Ryan said. "He was going to brief everybody, I already knew he was going to go and brief. What Chairman Nunes said is that he was going to go and inform people about it."

Since Ryan had that conversation last Wednesday, Nunes has still not provided his findings to other members on the committee. Ryan said he himself has not seen the documents.

O'Donnell asked Ryan why a whistle blower would choose to share sensitive information with a committee chairman, as opposed to multiple members of Congress.

"I don't know the answer to that question," Ryan responded. "You are going to have to ask that person."

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Watch Ryan's interview below:


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