Rep. Devin Nunes' announcement this month that the intelligence community incidentally collected information on Donald Trump's transition team has prompted no shortage of speculation about the congressman's sources.
On Thursday, the New York Times reported Nunes got his information from two White House officials: "[E]zra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel's Office."
Interestingly enough, Ellis is a former staff member of the House Intelligence Committee, which Nunes chairs. Cohen-Watnick, for his part, was brought to the Trump administration by retired Gen. Michael Flynn.
Flynn resigned just a few weeks into his term as national security advisor after it was revealed he had misrepresented his previous communications with Russian officials to Vice President Mike Pence.
The Times does not provide the names of the people who outed Cohen-Watnick and Ellis as the congressman's supposed sources.
A spokesman for Nunes responded Thursday to the Times' story, saying the congressman, "will not confirm or deny speculation about his source's identity, and he will not respond to speculation from anonymous sources."
Let's see if we have this straight: Nunes was reportedly fed information by the White House. He then announced he had received said information from sources he suggested were "whistleblowers."
Nunes first told House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., about the new information. Nunes then announced the incidental collection information in a press conference. He did not share the information with his other House Intelligence Committee colleagues.
The California congressman then went back to the White House and briefed the president on information that was already in the possession of Trump administration officials, because that's where Nunes got it in the first place.