By ann summers
Coincidentally, there is an orange rumped agouti in residence and a whole bunch of weasels jumping sharks.
Apparently Nunes did go to the WH grounds but to a meeting in the EEOB, or so they say, and even though there have been interesting concurrent visitors. Information access not completely shared or perhaps inappropriately shared intelligence documentation could be construed as an ethics violation.
And surprise, surprise… “New special assistant to the president, NSC deputy legal adviser Michael Ellis served as Nunes’ aide, HPSCI gen. counsel til early March…”.
Chris Michael? Mother You know, Michael… Michael. Michael Ellis. He’s been on the phone all day … he came round twice. Chris What did he look like? Mother Oh, I didn’t see him. The orange-rumped agouti answered the door. Only useful animal you ever bought, that. Chris Where is he now? Mother He’s upstairs forging prescriptions for the sodding tiger! Chris No, no, where is Michael Ellis now? Mother Oh, I don’t know… he said it wasn’t important, anyway… all right, here I come.
In a phone interview, Nunes confirmed to CNN that he was on the White House grounds that day — but he said he was not in the White House itself. (Other buildings, including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, are on the same grounds.)
No one in the White House was aware that he was there, Nunes said.
The California Republican said he was there for additional meetings “to confirm what I already knew” but said he wouldn’t comment further so as to not “compromise sources and methods.”
He told CNN he wanted to “reiterate this has nothing to do with Russia.”
Nunes went to the building because he needed a secure area to view the information, he told CNN. A government official said Nunes was seen Tuesday night at the National Security Council offices of the Eisenhower building which, other than the White House Situation Room, is the main area on the complex to view classified information in a secure room…
Laura Rozen notes that Nunes’ former aide, Michael Ellis, now works as NSC Deputy Legal Adviser.
New special assistant to the president, NSC deputy legal adviser Michael Ellis served as Nunes’ aide, HPSCI gen. counsel til early March 3/