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UPDATED: Nunes Stepping Aside From House Probe of Russia, Spying

Politico news alert:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will temporarily step aside from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including interactions between Moscow and the Trump campaign. 

The probe will be taken over by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).

UPDATE:

The peculiar thing about the news alert that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) is stepping aside from the committee’s investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election and Obama administration political spying is that the move was said to be “temporary” – implying that Nunes intends at some point to resume his role in the probe.

That seems clearer now that Nunes has made a statement, as Fox News reports:

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.

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.

 

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