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On Monday, without identifying his source, Nunes acknowledged he obtained the information while on White House grounds, an admission Democrats said should force him to at least recuse himself from the committee probe tied to Russian Federation.

"The chairman and I have worked together well for several years and I take this step with the knowledge of the solemn responsibility we have on the Intelligence Committee to provide oversight on all intelligence matters", Schiff said in a statement on his request for Nunes to stand down.

Last Tuesday evening, Nunes went to a secure National Security Council facility on the grounds of the White House and reviewed intelligence reports, with the assistance of one or more unknown officials. Alhough Nunes maintained that the intelligence gathering was conducted legally, it prompted Trump - who claimed his predecessor, President Barack Obama, "had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower" - to say he felt "somewhat" vindicated. That split was punctuated by announcements from three key figures at the center of the FBI investigation - former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump adviser Roger Stone and former Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page - that they would gladly testify before House investigators. On Monday, it announced that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has agreed to be interviewed.

Adding to the swirl of questions was the publication of a series of letters dated March 23 and March 24 involving a lawyer for former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. "The integrity of the committee looking into this has been tainted".

"He did the exact right thing from beginning to end and there really is a concerted effort out to undermine him", Rep. Peter King, a Republican from NY, told VOA.

Trump suggested late Monday that the House panel should investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton's dealings with Russian Federation.

Putin also said he's ready to meet with President Donald Trump at an upcoming Arctic summit. Graham stopped short of calling for Nunes to recuse himself from leading the investigation.

"We're trying to get those documents as rapidly as possible", Nunes told VOA Tuesday on efforts to brief other committee members. It is highly unusual for a committee chairman and ranking member not to co-ordinate meetings related to an investigation.

Yates was heavily involved in the internal investigation, and the White House reportedly fears she would contradict official statements made about Flynn.

A USA government watchdog has agreed to review how classified information is kept secure at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the agency says, after Democratic lawmakers raised concerns about the issue last month.

Spicer also insisted that Nunes' decision to call off today's hearing had nothing to do with any pressure from the White House.

But Schiff pointed out that Nunes has still not rescheduled the testimony from the former Obama administration officials, who in addition to Yates included former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper. Nunes told CNN most of the names in the documents he viewed were masked but he has concerns about the ones that were unmasked, as well as how widely the surveillance findings were later shared within the government.

The disclosure renewed calls for an independent committee to investigate the Russian Federation ties. On Monday, several Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for Nunes to step down as the head of the House Intelligence Committee.

"He has not been operating like someone who is interested in getting to the unvarnished truth", Schumer said. "His actions look like those of someone who is interested in protecting the president and his party". Tuesday, the lawmaker said there is not need to recuse himself from the investigative proceedings.

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