House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced Thursday that he is temporarily stepping aside from his committee’s investigation into potential Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.
While Nunes maintains he has done nothing wrong, he said it is in the “best interests” of the committee, Congress, and the investigation for him to temporarily recuse himself, allowing Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) to take the lead with assistance from Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Pa.).
“Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” Nunes said in a statement. “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 has been facing increasing scrutiny ever since it was revealed last month that he paid a visit to the White House one day before he revealed that President Donald Trump and his associates may have been picked up in incidental surveillance collection during the 2016 election.