Remember when lead Russia investigator (and Trump transition team member) Devin Nunes did that cute little thing where he had a suspicious middle-of-the-night meeting on the White House grounds, obtained classified information, and released it to Donald Trump and the media without so much as mentioning it to his fellow investigators? The House Ethics Committee sure does.
On Wednesday the committee, which is chaired by a Republican, announced its intention to look into Nunes’ actions.
“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 the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power,” Nunes said in announcing that he is stepping aside from the Russia investigation (for now) but doesn’t intend to leave his position as leader.
“I will continue to fulfill all my other responsibilities as Committee Chairman, and I am requesting to speak to the Ethics Committee at the earliest possible opportunity in order to expedite the dismissal of these false claims,” Nunes says.
The ethics committee puts it a different way:
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 6, 2017
The committee notes that it is “aware” that Nunes “may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or other standards of conduct.”
Nunes’ place at head of the investigation was always questionable given his vocal support of The Donald and his place on Trump’s transition team, but his dead-of-night secret meeting and open attempt to push Trump’s whackjob theory that President Obama tapped his “wires” at Trump Tower made it very clear that Nunes’ place is far away from any investigation involving Mr. 45.
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