(CitizensOutpost) Due to an investigation by the House Ethics Committee into Devin Nunes (R-CA) prompted by activist groups, Nunes will be pulling himself off the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election:
The Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation will be taken over by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).
In a statement, Nunes blamed complaints filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics over his decision to brief President Donald Trump on intelligence intercepts of conversations between Trump campaign aide and Russian officials during the election.
“Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” Nunes stated on Thursday. “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 unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”
“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,” Brooks and Deutch said in joint statement. “The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), is investigating and gathering more information regarding these allegations.”
This decision comes on the heels of recent allegations that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice abused surveillance powers to disseminate information from Trump campaign and transition administration members.