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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee apparently leaked a Senate Democrat's private text messages to Fox News in an attempt to discredit him, The New York Times writes based on the Senate Intelligence Committee's conclusions.

"The speaker heard the senators on their concerns and encouraged them to take them up directly with their counterparts", Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.

Fox News published the texts on February 8, days after they were leaked and shortly following the release by House Intelligence Republicans of their memo alleging surveillance abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department in its Russian meddling probe. And needless to say, Nunes doesn't care either since he's the one who leaked the stuff in the first place. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Mueller indictment reveals sophisticated Russian manipulation effort GOP cautious, Dems strident in reaction to new indictments MORE's (D-Va.) text messages to Fox News.

But using the leaked texts, Fox News portrayed Warner as having "had extensive contact past year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering. access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele".

In January, one of [Devin] Nunes's staff members requested that copies be shared with the House committee as well...

But Burr and Senate Intelligence Committee member Marco Rubio (R-FL) both downplayed the significance of the leak and denied it had any impact on their committee's investigation.

According to the report in question, Mr. Burr and Mr. Warner were angered that text messages were published by Fox News last month between Mr. Warner and lobbyist Adam Waldman, whose firm reportedly has ties to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Oleg Deripaska, a businessman with alleged ties to the Russian mafia.

"The New York Times, a prominent purveyor of leaks, is highlighting anonymous sources leaking information that accuses Republicans of leaking information", spokesman Jack Langer said in statement on Thursday.

The Times reported the two leaders of the Senate intel committee - Warner and chairman Sen.

Burr and Warner told the Times in a joint statement that they did meet with Ryan but did not request any specific action.

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the committees Republican chairman, and Sen.

The leaked communication also appears to fall in line with Warner's duties on the intelligence committee. This is what the House Intelligence Committee has become: basically an R&D center for producing inane oppo research in service of Donald Trump's latest conspiracy theories.