Devin Nunes is stepping aside from the Russia investigation. Not because he’s done anything wrong, or because the optics of his from-the-White House to-the-White-House “briefing” sessions were only rubbing salt in the wound. Nope.
Several left-wing 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 U.S. citizens and other abuses of power. Despite the baselessness of the charges, I believe it is in the best interest of the House Intelligence Commitee 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.
So, there’s nothing to say except … good job left-wing activist groups! Though it seems unlikely, maybe we’ll actually have some movement in this investigation.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has issued a statement on Nunes stating that he “continues to have my trust” but …
Chairman Nunes has offered to step aside as the lead Republican on this probe, and I fully support this decision.