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Devin Nunes Under Investigation After Being Ousted From Intel Committee

After being forced to step aside from the Russia investigation by the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) is now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for disclosing intelligence with the target of a congressional investigation.

Shortly after several news outlets reported Thursday morning that Rep. Nunes was recusing himself from his committee’s investigation into President Trump’s communications with Russian officials, The Daily Best revealed that Nunes is under an 18(a)investigation for disclosing classified information without authorization.

The extraordinary developments are in relation to Rep. Nunes’ questionable late-night trip to the White House to brief Trump on incidental surveillance of his campaign that he had not yet shared with his fellow committee members.

In response to the investigation, Rep. Nunes has been stripped of his role as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. That role will now go to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), according to the report.

In a public statement, the committee noted that “The mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) issued a public statement standing by Rep. Nunes.

“He continues to have that trust, and I know he is eager to demonstrate to the Ethics Committee that he has followed all proper guidelines and laws,” Speaker Ryan stated. “In the meantime, it is clear that this process would be a distraction for the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in our election. Chairman Nunes has offered to step aside as the lead Republican on this probe, and I fully support this decision.”

The House Ethics Committee, which is made up equally of both Republicans and Democrats, has the power to subpoena Nunes and force him to testify under 18(a) investigation rules.


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