House Intelligence Chair Recuses Himself From Russia Investigation

Nunes doesn't share Trump's authority, a point underscored by the Ethics Committee's announcement that he is under investigation because of public reports that he "may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law, regulations or other standards of conduct".

Conaway's ascendance immediately drew attention to his statement earlier this year expressing skepticism about the subject of the investigation.

The Post points out Gowdy's House Select Committee on Benghazi investigated Clinton for two years as it tried to find out what happened in the 2012 attack on the U.S consulate in Libya that left four Americans dead, including a USA ambassador.

"We will hold other Republicans who attempt to thwart real, independent investigations accountable", she said. That was partly why he had to recuse himself.

MCEVERS: Senate Intelligence Committee's doing an investigation.

Democrats have criticized Nunes for being too close to Trump.

Pelosi called on Trump to "declassify the basis" of his comment and said, "It's time for him to be president, to be the manager".

Trump elevated Nunes' clandestine White House visit this week by painting a target on former national security adviser Susan Rice and saying the evidence he has seen proves former President Barack Obama was spying on him. "How low can you go?" He has few ties to President Donald Trump and says he'll work with Democrats as he has on other congressional committees.

"Our goal was to get the investigations done", Spicer said, adding that Nunes' decision won't change that.

Jordan Libowitz is spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. He ran the investigation the House did.

Citing ethics complaints, the chairman of the House intelligence committee announced he is temporarily surrendering his leadership post in the panel's probe into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

Nunes, R-California, has come under fire after claiming last month that a secret source had provided him with information suggesting President Donald Trump and his associates may have been "monitored" by US intelligence during his transition.

The White House is keeping silent on the House intelligence chairman's decision to step aside from the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Representative Mike Conaway, the most senior Republican on the intelligence committee, will now lead the probe. "I did have plenty reason to think that [Nunes] should not be in that role, both because of his role in the Trump transition and because of his erratic and weird behavior as chairman of the committee", she said on Thursday.

The California Republican's decision comes amid partisan turmoil on the committee. Nunes also announced that while he wouldn't participate in this specific case, he'll be staying on as chairman of the committee while also meeting with members of the Ethics Committee. That's when Ryan learned of the House ethics probe, according to the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss about private conversations.

At least one group - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - is championing the decision, saying it had filed a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics related to Nunes. Nunes says he's done nothing wrong. Nunes then shared the information with Trump without showing it to the rest of his committee.

Nunes has come under fire in recent weeks for speaking publicly about classified foreign surveillance reports he viewed on White House grounds.

For his part, House Speaker Paul Ryan continued walk a political tightrope, morally backing Nunes while acknowledging the recusal is appropriate in light of the Ethics Committee probe.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said he is turning over his role as leader of the investigation to Conaway, R-Midland, the second-ranking member of the full intelligence committee. In the meantime, Nunes said, Rep. Michael K. Conaway (R-Tex.) will take the lead on the Russian Federation investigation, with assistance from Reps.

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