Nunes temporarily steps down from U.S. House probe on Russia

The chairman of the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, steps down as head of the panel’s investigation into Russia, citing what he said were “entirely false” accusations filed against him with the Office Of Congressional Ethics.

WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES (RECENT – MARCH 22, 2017) (REUTERS) – The chairman of the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, said on Thursday (April 6) that he was temporarily stepping down as head of the panel’s investigation into Russia, citing what he said were “entirely false” accusations filed against him with the Office Of Congressional Ethics.

In a statement announcing his decision, Nunes said he wanted to speak with the ethics office as soon as possible “to expedite the dismissal of these false claims.”

The top Democrat on the committee, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, said Nunes’ decision to step aside gives the committee an opportunity for a “fresh start” as it examines Russian interference into the U.S. election.