Devin Nunes (R-CA) chairs the House Intelligence Committee, and they’ve been investigating for any evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
While he’ll remain the committee’s chairman, he won’t be involved in the Russia probe, at least temporarily while another committee investigates him for ethics violations.
Apparently, he’s received many congressional ethics complaints regarding his use of classified information. If you recall, Nunes chose to brief the President and the press upon his findings and before bringing it to the ranking member of the committee Adam Schiff (D-CA).
“Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” Nunes said in a statement released Thursday morning. “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.”
Now, we do know that there are rules on the books regarding the use of classified information. But we also know that it’s not actually a big deal. We know this from the Hillary Clinton investigation. She had a private server in her house that had tens of thousands of emails on it, many of which contained classified information. That was a blatant misuse of classified information. And when the investigation got under way, she had as many of the emails deleted as she could.
Democrats claimed that the whole Hillary Clinton email investigation was a partisan witch hunt, that it was a non-scandal, a side show, and designed merely to bring Hillary Clinton down in a fiery election season. After all, what she did wasn’t that big of a deal. (So they say.)
So, I wonder, is that what’s going on here? Are Democrats truly concerned this time that a Republican violated protocols regarding the handling of classified material, or is this simply a way to distract from what he found, and to keep him from digging any deeper?
The House Ethics Committee is chaired by Susan Brooks (R-IN) and the ranking member Ted Deutch (D-FL). “The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Devin Nunes may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information, in violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or other standards of conduct,” they said in joint statement. “The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), is investigating and gathering more information regarding these allegations.”
For the time being, the Russia investigation will be led by Michael Conaway (R-TX), Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Tom Rooney (R-FL).
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