Citing unnamed USA officials, the Times identified the White House official as "Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council".
- Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 30, 2017Nunes has faced criticism since the revelation that he secretly went to the White House last week, meeting with a source who gave him the information.
Spicer said that the White House would make the information available to any member of the House or Senate Intelligence Committee.
The White House on Thursday was mum on a recent report that it is the source of claims made by a top congressman that President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally caught up in surveillance.
After his press conference, Nunes briefed President Trump on the findings without touching base with the rest of the House Intelligence Committee.
Last week, Nunes had told reporters at the Capitol that the classified intelligence reports he had seen - on White House grounds, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building - showed that the Obama administration had, in the course of its "incidental collection," intercepted communications involving Trump associates, and perhaps Mr. Trump himself, during the transition.
Instead, the White House continued to sidestep queries about its role in showing Nunes classified information that appears to have included transcripts of foreign officials discussing Trump's transition to the presidency, according to current and former US officials.
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Nunes, who has refused to identify his sources, has been criticized by his congressional colleagues for sharing information with President Trump before consulting with other members of the intelligence committee.
Committee chairman Devin Nunes responded "Why would I?" when asked Tuesday if he should recuse himself.
It is unclear if they are the same as those viewed by Nunes.
The Times story said Cohen-Watnick found classified reports of top foreign officials talking about developing connections with Trump's family and allies. He would not say whether it was the same material Nunes had already seen.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and FBI Director James Comey can't seem to agree on whether the former invited the latter to testify before House Russia investigators, in a dispute that has now popped up twice in less than a week.
A spokesman for Ryan later said the speaker was not aware of Nunes' source and continues to have "full confidence" in the congressman's ability to run the Russian Federation investigation.