WATCH | Circa's Sara Carter report on Evelyn Farkas, who is under scrutiny by lawmakers.
WATCH | Evelyn Farkas discusses the Obama directive to gather intelligence on Trump
UPDATE March 30 2:28p.m. EST:
Former Obama administration official, Evelyn Farkas, went to Twitter to clarify remarks she made on MSNBC in which she divulged that the Obama administration was gathering intelligence on then President-elect Trump.
Hi-I didn't give anybody anything except advice re.Russia info op vUSA.I was out of govt,had nothing 2 give, wanted Congress2 ask4facts— EvelynFarkas (@EvelynNFarkas) March 30, 2017
White House press secretary Sean Spicer also reacted to the news about Farkas.
"She made it clear that it was their goal to spread this information around, that they went around and did this," he said.
ORIGINAL STORY: A former top Obama administration official acknowledged efforts by her colleagues to gather intelligence about possible Trump team ties to Russia before he took office, MSNBC reported.
Deputy assistant secretary of defense Evelyn Farkas said she urged people on the Hill to get "as much information as you can ... before President Obama leaves the administration."
“Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy ... that the Trump folks -- if they found out how we knew what we knew about their ... the Trump staff dealing with Russians -- that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence,” she said.
Farkas' confirmation of the intelligence collection surfaced a week after House intel committee chairman Devin Nunes had announced that information about Trump and his associates were "incidentally" gathered during the investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.
Democrats have denounced the way in which Nunes had handled the discovery because he informed the White House before his colleagues on the House committee. They have requested his recusal from the House investigation.
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