Rep. Devin Nunes Stepping Down From House Russia Investigation

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has announced he will temporarily step aside from his committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling into the election.

Nunes said in a statement he thinks it is in the “best interests” of the committee and the Congress for Rep. Mike Conaway to temporarily take over the committee’s investigation into the Russian interference, with assistance from Reps. Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney.

His announcement came moments before the House Ethics Committee announced an investigation into Nunes over potential “unauthorized disclosures of classified information.”

“Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmaking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”

Nunes said he will step aside while the House Ethics Committee “looks into this matter.”

“I will continue to fulfill all my responsibilities as Committee Chairman, and I am requesting to speak to the Ethics Committee at the earliest possible opportunity in order to expedite the dismissal of these false claims.”

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