Early Thursday morning, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes issued a statement (his statement is shown on the above graphic) saying he was stepping aside as chairman due to an investigation being launched by the House Ethics Committee.
The probe into Russian “meddling” in the 2016 presidential election will be taken over by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Tom Rooney (R-FL).
Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican, will take Nunes's position as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as the Ethics Committee begins its probe.
Chairwoman and Ranking Mamber, Susan Brooks (R-IN), released the following statement:
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. The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), is investigating and gathering more information regarding these allegations.
The Committee has determined to investigate these allegations in order to fulfill its institutional obligation, under House Rule X, clause 11(g)(4), to investigate certain allegations of unauthorized disclosures of classified information, and to determine if there has been any violation of the Code of Official Conduct under House Rule XXIII, clause 13. The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.
In order to comply with Committee Rule 7 regarding confidentiality, out of fairness to all respondents, and to assure the integrity of its work, the Committee will refrain from making further public statements on this matter pending completion of its initial review.
The 18a investigation, as it’s known, has subpoena power and may also look into what Nunes told Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump when he briefed them following his March 22 press conference.
During that press conference Nunes said, “I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.”
Democrats became apoplectic and alleged Nunes was acting like a presidential pawn. One truly unhinged lefty website went so far as to say, “Nunes openly mishandled classified information in an attempt to shield President Trump from an investigation into his potentially treasonous collusion with agents of a hostile foreign power to subvert our democratic system, yet we hear not a peep from those on the right.”
A hometown newspaper for Rep. Conaway may have given us a clue into at least one Democrat responsible for filing this ridiculous complaint with the Ethics Committee.
The Texas Tribune notes, “Nunes' tenure during the investigation was deeply troubled. Most committee Democrats, including US Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, called on him to step down from that role after a series of unorthodox meetings and communications with White House officials.”
McClatchy DC revealed the names of the Alinskyite scumbags who filed the complaint:
The liberal group MoveOn.org Civic Action previously filed a federal ethics complaint on March 28 with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Nunes. In his statement Thursday, Nunes did not specify which of what he called “several leftwing activist groups” he was responding to.
Nunes also acted a day after two groups, Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics alleging that Nunes had improperly made public confidential information.
Democrats may have just outfoxed themselves. Their nightmare scenario came to pass when Susan Rice admitted to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she DID unmask names and now they’ve got a ravenous tiger in Trey Gowdy taking up the gauntlet of getting to the truth. You can almost hear them pissing their pants.