On Thursday House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes announced he is “temporarily stepping aside” from leading the investigation into the Russia collusion investigation. Nunes said that after a series of ethics complaints filed against him he is going to step aside. Nunes said:
“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.”
The ranking Democrat on the Committee Rep. Adam Schiff said:
“I look forward to my continued work with the Chairman on the whole host of other important issues that our committee oversees every day,”
CNN reports that Conaway will now lead the investigation:
Conaway, a Texas Republican, who will now lead the Russia investigation, said he hopes to work with the committee’s Democrats to get the Russia investigation back on track, but said he’ll need their cooperation.
“We’re going to pursue the investigation, follow every lead to its logical conclusion,” Conaway said. “We’re going to conduct the investigation, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pursue every lead.”
“I’ll need cooperation from both sides to make that happen,” he added.
Gowdy declined CNN request for comment.
At least one Democrat on the committee sounded optimistic about the change in leadership. Rep. Eric Swalwell said he learned of Nunes’ resignation from news reports.
“I have confidence in Mike Conaway,” the California Democrat said. “Hopefully, now we come back with a clear path to an independent, credible investigation.”
Nice to see that the pressure finally forced Nunes to get out of the way. However, I have no faith in the Republicans that will take over for Nunes.
Are you glad Nunes stepped down? Do think Schiff will be able to overcome the Republican corruption?