On Thursday afternoon, the White House dropped a bombshell of its own, and announced at the start of the daily press briefing that it had invited leaders of congressional intelligence committees to review the documents Nunes has seen. In that one fell swoop, President Trump totally changed the dynamic in the hottest controversy in Washington, by:
- Defusing much of the criticism of chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. for not sharing the information with other congressional leaders;
- Providing congressional leaders access to evidence that may show President Obama spied on the Trump transition team;
- Forcing the media to focus on the message instead of the messenger.