April 6, 2017 U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes announced on Thursday he is temporarily stepping down as as head of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
In a statement, Rep. Nunes (R-CA)
said several left-wing activist groups filed claims against him with the Office of Congressional Ethics. Nunes denied the allegations, calling the charges entirely false and politically motivated. Rep. Nunes said he wants to speak with the ethics office as soon as possible “to expedite the dismissal of these false claims.”
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics Chairwoman, Susan Brooks (R-Indiana) announced in a statement on Thursday morning the panel is investigating Nunes to determine if he is in violation of the Code of Official Conduct under House Rule XXIII, clause 13.
Nunes has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle for his handling of the Russian investigation. On Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and Nancy Pelosi called on Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation.
Two watchdog groups, Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether Nunes disclosed classified information he learned from intelligence reports. Nunes allegedly shared confidential information on the investigation with the White House and not to any members of the House Intelligence Committee.
SpeakerPaul Ryan told reporters he supported Chairman Nunes decision to recuse himself, adding that Rep. Mike Conaway, with help from Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) will temporarily take charge of the investigation.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."