The Washington Post reported today,
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) temporarily stepped aside Thursday from the committee’s probe into Russian interference in the presidential election, as House investigators look into ethics charges against him.
The House Ethics Committee released a statement Thursday saying it had
“determined to investigate” allegations that “Nunes may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or other standards of conduct.”
Nunes has come under fire in recent weeks for speaking publicly about classified foreign surveillance reports he viewed on White House grounds. Nunes suggested that those reports identified President Trump and members of his transition team, whose names may have been mentioned by individuals under surveillance — or whose conversations with those individuals may have been incidentally picked up.
MSNBC published a story entitled, “Nunes’ successor doesn’t appear to take Russia scandal seriously.” It states,
Facing a new ethics investigation, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced this morning he’ll recuse himself from the investigation into the Russia scandal, turning the matter over to one of his colleagues, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas).
At first blush, this isn’t necessarily good news for Donald Trump or his White House team. Nunes is a cringe-worthy presidential sycophant, and having him leading the investigation into the Russia scandal all but guaranteed a favorable outcome for the Republican president. Nunes’ recusal creates uncertainty and a possible risk for the administration.
That is, in theory. Mike Conaway may not be as brazen as Nunes when it comes to acting as a White House employee on Capitol Hill, but the Texas Republican hasn’t taken the Russia scandal especially seriously, either. Remember this story from the Dallas Morning News in January?