Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says the calls by Democrats for an investigation of House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes are "ridiculous".
A Nunes spokesman said the congressman got his information from a source on the White House grounds.
Nunes told Bloomberg on Monday that he went to the White House because he didn't "have networked access to these kinds of reports in Congress". Nunes later admitted having received the documents during a surreptitious visit to a White House "safe" room last week. That could prove fatal to the bipartisan investigation, which has hinged on the ability of Mr. Nunes to conduct a neutral inquiry while maintaining the trust and cooperation of Mr. Schiff.
"This is done because the White House wanted it to be done". Asked whether Nunes should step aside and if he knew the source of the surveillance, Ryan said, "No and no". "When you have a committee chairman that bypasses the committee and goes to the White House, when you have a president that has a cloud over their head, that's not smart". Russian Federation mounted a campaign of "propaganda on steroids" seeking to influence the 2016 USA presidential election, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says, listing several areas of concern about possible links to Republican Trump's campaign.
Democrats see the surveillance accusations, which Nunes said were based on unspecified intelligence reports, as a distraction from the probe into possible Russian influence on last year's election in Trump's favour that has cast a shadow over the president's first two months in office.
Nunes, who was on Trump's transition team, has declined to elaborate and he shared his information with the White House, but not his Democratic colleagues on the intelligence committee.
He says: "I know that we're all going to make a deal on health care".
During a brief White House photo op, Trump said he felt "somewhat vindicated" by Nunes' revelation since FBI Director Comey and other high ranking officials, including Nunes, had said a Trump tweet claiming former President Obama had ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign was not true. He also requested that Nunes agree to hold the public hearing with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, though he said the chairman has yet to commit to do so.
CNN has reached out to Nunes for comment on the meeting and has not yet received a response.
Democrats and some prominent Republicans have criticised Nunes, a Trump ally, since he announced last week that USA security agencies had collected information on Trump's transition team while conducting legal surveillance on other targets.
"They need to give us their witness list because we have no idea who they even want to interview", Nunes insisted. Burr's been in the Senate since 2005, and served in the House since 1995.