Courtesy of Politico:Wow. Rep. Devin Nunes gives up control of House Intel's Russia investigation. "Temporarily," he says. pic.twitter.com/oSz9ISX9N0— John Hendel (@JohnHendel) April 6, 2017
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will temporarily step aside from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including interactions between Moscow and the Trump campaign.In a statement, Nunes blamed complaints filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics over his decision to brief President Donald Trump on intelligence intercepts of conversations between Trump campaign aide and Russian officials during the election.
“Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics," Nunes said in a statement Thursday. "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 added: "Despite the baselessness of the charges, I believe it is in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee 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. 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.”
"Baselessness of the charge" my ass, this guy has been trying to sabotage this investigation since jump street.
Besides it is kind of hard for Nunes to lead this investigation, now that he is now under investigation as well:
Oh yeah, this just gets better and better.House Ethics Committee investigating allegations Nunes may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified info. https://t.co/nFGKBrH9hg pic.twitter.com/bat4V6ZxQz— ABC News (@ABC) April 6, 2017
So the good news is that this Trump puppet will no longer be obstructing this investigation.
The bad news is that Trey "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi" Gowdy is stepping in to obstruct in his absence.
I am not at all sure that we can count this as a complete victory.