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Schiff: ‘Deeply disturbing’ that FBI gave Nunes confidential info on Clinton's emails

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The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff (Calif.), said Sunday it was "deeply disturbing" that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) received classified information about Hillary Clinton's emails from FBI field agents in 2016.

"This is the first that we've heard about it, and it is deeply disturbing because if this was shared by New York field agents with Devin Nunes, was it also shared with Rudy Giuliani? Or did Devin Nunes do something, which we have seen subsequently, which is coordinated with the Trump team?" Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Was this information shared by the committee with Rudy Giuliani or shared directly with them? We don't know the answer but we hope the inspector general will find out," Schiff added.

Nunes said last week that FBI agents gave him information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, which were contained on former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D) laptop, in late September 2016.

"We had whistleblowers that came to us in late September of 2016 who talked to us about this laptop sitting up in New York that had additional emails on it. The House Intelligence Committee, we had that, but we couldn't do anything with it," Nunes told Fox News's Laura Ingraham on Thursday.

Nunes said that, because the information was classified, he could not say anything about it until the Justice Department's (DOJ) internal watchdog released its report last week.

Former FBI Director James Comey formally notified Congress about Clinton's emails that were on Weiner's laptop in October, less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

The DOJ's inspector general report was highly critical of Comey for exhibiting what it deemed to be poor judgment during the election, but found no evidence to show that his key decisions in the probe of Clinton's emails were improperly influenced by political bias.

Schiff has frequently criticized Nunes, particularly for his handling of the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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