Republican House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has come under intense scrutiny he after a report revealed that he leaked Sen. Mark Warner’s (D-Va.) confidential text messages to Fox News in an effort to discredit the Russia probe. Now, an ethics complaint has been filed against him.
The liberal watchdog group Campaign for Accountability announced Thursday it has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Nunes and called on OCE to investigate the Intelligence chairman for “leaking information provided to the committee during the course of an official investigation.”
“Time and time again, Rep. Nunes and his staff leak confidential information without consequence,” the group’s executive director, Daniel Stevens, said in a statement. “What will it take for the House to step in and stop this clear abuse of authority?”
The complaint follows a report in The New York Times citing congressional officials who say the Senate Intelligence Committee determined that a Republican on the House panel leaked messages to Fox News that were sent by Warner.
Last month, Fox News published a series of texts between Warner and lobbyist Adam Waldman, whose firm reportedly has ties to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Warner was seeking to establish contact with Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial Trump-Russia dossier, as part of the Senate panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and exchanged texts with Waldman about making contact with the ex-spy.
At the time, Fox News reported the texts were obtained from “a Republican source.”
Nunes spokesman Jack Langer did not deny that the House Intel chairman leaked information to Fox but instead attacked the press for reporting it.