White House: Lawmakers can view Intelligence material

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FILE – In this Tuesday, March 7, 2017, file photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes leaves a secure area in the Capitol in Washington to tell reporters he will hold an open hearing on March 20 to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Nunes and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., were among a number of lawmakers who said on news shows on Sunday, March 19, they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration ordered wiretaps on Donald Trump during the campaign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The White House has invited the heads of congressional intelligence committees investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election to view materials found by the National Security Council.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says a letter was sent to lawmakers Thursday.

It comes after The New York Times reported that two White House officials helped Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, view information on intelligence collections concerning President Donald Trump’s associates.

Democrats have called for Nunes to recuse himself because of his ties to the Trump team, especially because the investigation includes looking at contacts that Russians had with President Donald Trump’s associates.

Nunes, Republican California, met with a secret source on the White House grounds last week to review classified material, which he says indicates that Trump associates’ communications were captured in “incidental” surveillance of foreigners.

Nunes says he sees no reason to step aside.

Story by the Associated Press.