House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes steps down from Russian Federation probe

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Nunes's stepping aside came after weeks of public tensions between himself and Adam Schiff, the Democratic vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Pompeo did not speak to reporters as he left the meeting.

The move comes amid growing Dem calls for Nunes (R-CA) to step down, which grew a lot louder after a newspaper report naming the White House staffers who had facilitated his dramatic dark-of-night dash to the White House, to view secret documents.

"Good for him", said Sen.

He said he would remain as chairman of the committee. They say they want to take the baton from Nunes on a temporary basis, as I mentioned, and make this about the unmasking of these names and the surveillance they say might have been done by the former national security adviser, Susan Rice, under President Obama.

The three Republican lawmakers who will manage the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into alleged ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump have expressed doubts such a relationship exists. Nunes himself was a member of that transition team. Watchdog groups said Nunes had apparently violated House rules by publicly disclosing the existence of a foreign surveillance warrant.

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The announcement surprised journalists who had been covering Nunes closely. But it's hard to expect a more objective review in the House when one of his designated successors has compared the Russians' actions to Democrats hiring Mexican entertainers for a Latino-oriented political event.

Pelosi called on Trump to "declassify the basis" of his comment and said, "It's time for him to be president, to be the manager".

Rice said her actions were legal as part of an intensified look into how Russian Federation had interfered in the election. "How low can you go?" In Nunes' words, he could not be "sure" President Trump and his associates were "monitored".

In a statement, Ryan said Nunes "is eager to demonstrate to the Ethics Committee that he has followed all proper guidelines and laws".

Jordan Libowitz is spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. He said Thursday he understood the material was now to be shared with other intelligence committee members. The committee of ethics, the guardian of congressmen's ethical behaviour, which is led by a Republican and a Democrat, said it is looking into "certain allegations of unauthorised disclosure of classified information".

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At a news conference last month, Nunes said that communications involving associates of President Donald Trump had been swept up by USA spy agencies and, he suggested, mishandled by the Obama administration.

The White House is keeping silent on the House intelligence chairman's decision to step aside from the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

The California lawmaker said his decision was based on "entirely false and politically motivated" charges directed at him by "leftwing activist groups".

The California Republican alerted the White House of his decision Thursday morning, a senior administration official told CNN.

Many on Capitol Hill have said he is too eager to do the White House's bidding and can not be an impartial investigator into questions about any role President Donald Trump's associates may have had in last year's Russian campaign to disrupt the election.

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Usually, a smaller subcommittee handles probes, but in this case the full 10-member committee is investigating the allegations, in an indication of the seriousness of the claims.

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