Democrats on The Hill and their water carriers in the mainstream media have made an absolute federal case out of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’s having left the inner sanctum of panel’s secure room in the basement of the Capitol Building and heading to the White House complex to view raw intelligence. But as J.E. Dyer previously noted, there is nothing unorthodox about this type of behavior.
For years, intelligence committee chiefs have trekked to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue or to an intelligence agency to view such super-sensitive intelligence material, because the congressional secure room can’t handle such material.
Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Hoekstra told The Daily Caller News Foundation that “if someone was going to present me with raw intelligence or unfinished intelligence or with intelligence which was designed for use by another part of the government, yeah, it’s very reasonable to expect that I would have to go somewhere else.” The Michigan Republican chaired the intelligence panel from 2004 to 2007.