Nunes: I’ll ‘Never’ Reveal Sources, Even To Other Members Of House Intel Committee

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is questioned by reporters on Capitol Hill on the ouster of Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) is staying mum.

On Tuesday, he said he would “never” comply with requests to disclose the source of his allegations that communications involving the Trump transition team were “incidentally” collected by U.S. intelligence agencies.

“Will you share your sources?” an ABC reporter who confronted Nunes in a Capitol Hill hallway asked.

“We will never reveal sources,” he replied.

“Even to the other members of the committee?”

“Nope,” he said. “Never.”

Nunes met with one of those sources on White House grounds the day before he went public with the allegations, but has refused to comment on that source’s identity beyond saying that it was an official from the intelligence community, not the White House.

The rest of the committee, which is probing Russia’s interference in the election, including any potential ties between Trump campaign staffers and Russian officials, has yet to see the intelligence reports Nunes cites. Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), other Democrats, and at least one Republican lawmaker have asked for the chairman’s recusal from that investigation as a result.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that was up to House leadership, but that Nunes can’t continue to lead the committee if he is “not willing to tell the Democrats and Republicans on the committee who he met with and what he was told.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) went further, telling TPM that both Nunes’ source and that source’s information should be revealed to “the entire nation.”

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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