Devin Nunes recuses himself from the Russia probing.
The Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, pounced into the extreme spotlight when he may have leaked information to the White House’s administration – about intel on the administration. This Thursday, Nunes announced he would recuse himself in the House Russia probe.
This announcement came the same day as he learned that he was under investigation for possible ethics violations.
The House Ethics Committee released a statement regarding the investigation.
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. The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), is investigating and gathering more information regarding these allegations.
The investigation into Nunes stems from legal surveillance on Trump administration members by the intel community. Nunes disliked the unmasking of American citizens names, specifically the Trump transition team. Nunes was named to this transition team in November.
A Nunes statement shows that he was neither happy, nor willing to admit guilt after recusal.
“Several left-wing 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 unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”
Democrats have been very vocal in asking for Nunes to recuse himself, including Democrat and ranking member of the HIC, Adam Schiff.
Schiff recognized the decision via twitter today.
Three GOP Representatives will be taking over for Nunes, with Rep. Mike Conaway (TX) leading the pack.
Many are hoping for a reset on what the HIC should be doing – investigating Russia. Republicans don’t disagree, like Michael Allen, who served on George W. Bush’s National Security Council.
“There’s a lot of politics in the air, so if we can get beyond the immediate issue and get to the business of doing oversight and this investigation I think it helps the House.”