House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, who controversially alleged that President Trump was surveilled by the Obama Administration (and did so without sharing the information with his committee first, in an incredible breach of protocol) is stepping down from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Nunes released a statement announcing his recusal as well as acknowledging that his previous actions are now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.
“Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” Nunes said in a statement 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.”
Nunes added: “Despite the baselessness of the charges, I believe it is in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee and the Congress for me to have Representative Mike Conaway, with assistance from Representatives Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney, temporarily take charge of the Committee’s Russia investigation while the House Ethics Committee looks into this matter. I will continue to fulfill all my other 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.”
We will report more information as it comes.