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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has decided to temporarily remove himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Independent reports Mike Conaway (R-Tex.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) will be taking over the investigation.
The Hill reported Nunes issued a statement claiming liberal groups have filed “entirely false and politically motivated” accusations against him with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Nevertheless, Nunes said he would be removing himself from the Russia probe while the House Ethics Committee “looks into this matter.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a statement following Nunes’ decision to step aside reading affirming his trust in Nunes.
“Devin Nunes has earned my trust over many years for his integrity and dedication to the critical work that the intelligence community does to keep America safe. He continues to have that trust, and I know he is eager to demonstrate to the Ethics Committee that he has followed all proper guidelines and laws,” Ryan wrote.
He added, “In the meantime, it is clear that this process would be a distraction for the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in our election.”
A statement from the House Ethics Committee states, “The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Devin Nunes may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or other standards of conduct” and that the committee “has determined to investigate these allegations in order to fulfill its institutional obligation.”
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