- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday he had accepted the White House’s invitation to view spy material related to alleged Obama administration surveillance of Trump campaign officials.

But the California Democrat vowed not to be distracted from the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion by Trump campaign officials.

“This issue is not going to distract us from doing our Russia investigation,” he told reporters at the Capitol. “We are not going to be deterred. We are not going to be distracted.”

Mr. Schiff also said the invitation raised more questions than it answered, including whether the material to be viewed at the White House was the same intelligence documents provided to Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the committee.

Last week, Mr. Nunes announced that he had viewed intelligence reports that showed Mr. Trump and his associates were swept up in surveillance and their identities “unmasked,” a possible violation of federal privacy laws.

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