House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced on Thursday that he will be stepping down from the committee’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Nunes recommended that Mike Conaway (R-Texas), along with Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), temporarily replace him in leading the committee’s investigation into the Russian tampering.
In a statement, Nunes said, “SeveralÂ leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. 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 unmaking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”
Nunes will continue to fulfill his other duties as chairman, but noted that it is in the “best interests” of the committee that Reps. Conaway, Gowdy and Rooney take over the investigation.