House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes To Step Aside From Russia Probe

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

The embattled chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says he will temporarily step aside from the panel's probe into Russian meddling in the election.

Anyway, after Nunes announcement, the House Ethics Committee stepped in to elaborate on his "left-wing activist" conspiracy theory, saying it has received a series of complaints alleging "Nunes may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information" during all that secret-White-House-visit rannygazoo. He canceled the public hearing of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, publicly discussed potentially sensitive material before briefing committee members, and made an unscheduled trip to the White House, where The New York Times reported that he was briefed on these intelligence materials by Trump administrators.

"The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee", the House Ethics Committee said in a statement today.

"Congressman Nunes' recent actions have caused him to lose the confidence of members of his Committee, and, more importantly, the American people, and he can no longer be trusted with the information that the committee receives", Richmond said in recent statement.

Nunes said in a statement that he chose to recuse himself after "several leftwing activist groups" filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics about his leadership.

The two other Republicans who will help Conaway investigate the matter include Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who ran the House Select Committee on Benghazi that spent millions of dollars over multiple years to turn up nothing, and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).

"Pavlich observed that Nunes refused to step aside when "[Sen.] Chuck Schumer called for his resignation [and] [Rep.] Nancy Pelosi called for his resignation".

The move by Mr Nunes could be seen as a win for Democrats whose cries for an independent panel to investigate Russia's possible ties with the Trump campaign have grown.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mr Nunes has "followed all proper guidelines and laws" and "continues" to have his trust.

Representative Mike Conaway, the most senior Republican on the intelligence committee, will now lead the probe.

Representative Mike Conaway of Texas will now head the House investigation in Nunes's place.

Also on March 22, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, rips Nunes in several media appearances and on Twitter for failing to share what he's learned with his own committee. While he was a strong supporter of Trump during the 2016 campaign, the seven-term congressman was not a member of Trump's transition team, unlike Nunes.

Trump has repeatedly called that charge "fake news". He will continue as committee chairman.

Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House intelligence committee probing Donald Trump's Russian Federation links, is to step down "temporarily". Mike Conaway, Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney will take over investigating whether Donald Trump's team talked to Russian Federation ahead of moving into the White House, and whether the Obama Administration inappropriately spied on Trump's activities. Rep. Nunes did not disclose the source for his information.

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