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House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes To Step Aside From Russia Probe

Nunes will remain as the committee’s chairman and remain involved in other matters before the panel. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, will temporarily take lead on the Russia investigation.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., waves as he arrives for a closed-door GOP strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes says he is temporarily stepping aside from the committee’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Nunes will remain as the committee’s chairman and remain involved in other matters before the panel. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, will take lead on the Russia investigation.

The chairman has been dogged by calls that he recuse himself after he “secretly went to the White House grounds to meet with a source, before he surprised his colleagues by briefing the president — and the press — on information they hadn’t seen,” as we’ve reported.

The California Republican said in a statement Thursday that “several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics.” He called the allegations baseless but said it was in the best interests of the committee that he hand over leadership of the probe to Conaway while the ethics panel looks into the issue.

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