Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced Wednesday that communications among top Trump campaign advisers - and perhaps even President-elect Donald Trump himself - were incidentally intercepted by USA intelligence agents in November, December and January as part of unrelated information-gathering efforts.
"The reports included details about the Trump transition, meetings of Trump and senior advisers; they were distributed throughout the intelligence community and to the White House", Nunes said in the interview.
"Speaker Ryan has full confidence that Chairman Nunes is conducting a thorough, fair, & credible investigation", his spokesperson told CNN's Manu Raju in a statement after reports of Nunes' meeting surfaced.
Two congressional sources said Nunes was with a staff member Tuesday night when he got a message, got out of the vehicle and got into an Uber.
Schumer argued on the Senate floor that Nunes would rather protect President Donald Trump than objectively do his job of investigating Russia's role in meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Nunes' office said the information provided to the chairman came from "executive branch documents that have not been provided to Congress". Nunes later took the information directly to Trump before briefing other members of the committee, drawing a rebuke from other members.
Nunes' office said in an earlier statement that the California congressman was investigating "the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens" before Trump made his unfounded Twitter claim in early March that Trump Tower had been wiretapped by President Barack Obama.
They next heard from Nunes Wednesday morning, the day he scheduled a news conference before going to the White House.
He wouldn't tell reporters who provided the intelligence reports and identified them only as people who had security clearances.
Nunes went to the building because he needed a secure area to view the information, he told CNN. That was the night before Mr. Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made the explosive allegation that he had viewed dozens of intelligence reports, obtained through government eavesdropping, that inappropriately included details about the Trump transition team.
Last week the Daily Beast reported, citing anonymous sources, that Nunes "jumped out out of an Uber" on Tuesday evening after receiving a message on his phone, and didn't tell his staffers where he went.
"Every non-White House staffer must be cleared in by a current White House staffer", the official said.
"We still really want this investigation to be non-partisan, and what the chairman did this week makes that very hard", Intelligence Committee ranking member Democrat Adam Schiff told CNN on Friday. But to Democrats, Nunes's actions again seemed to show the hidden agenda of the White House.
Before getting too excited about oversharing intelligence, however, let's remember that Nunes is the only member of his committee to actually read these documents.