Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, announced Thursday morning that he will “temporarily” recuse himself from the intelligence committee’s probe into the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
According to Nunes’ statement, the investigation will be taken over by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), along with Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-Ky.) and Tom Rooney (R-Pa.).
His statement included the following:
“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 unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”
“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.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Nunes has earned his trust “for his integrity and dedication to the critical work that the intelligence community does to keep America safe.”
Ryan said he fully supports Nunes’ decision and is confident in Conaway’s ability to “oversee a professional investigation into Russia’s actions and follow the facts wherever they lead.”
MORE: House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes to temporarily step aside from probe into Russia’s role in 2016 election. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/PdWKSikViJ
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