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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:25 pm

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it is investigating whether Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) made unauthorized discloses of classified information while overseeing his panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A joint statement from House Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Ted Deutch (Fla.), said the investigation will focus on whether Nunes violated federal law and the chamber’s rules during a press conference where he announced that intelligence agencies incidentally collected information about associates of President Trump.

Nunes pointed to the House Ethics Committee investigation earlier Thursday when explaining his decision to temporarily step aside from the Russia investigation.

He noted that multiple “leftwing activist groups” had filed complaints against him to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Liberal groups including MoveOn.Org, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Democracy 21 asked OCE to investigate whether Nunes disclosed classified information.

“The disclosure of this information by Chairman Nunes was evidently intended to try to lend some credence to President Trump’ claims that former President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped — claims that have been repeatedly been shown to be absolutely baseless, as confirmed by FBI Director Comey in his testimony before Chairman Nunes’ own committee,” MoveOn.org’s ethics complaint read.

“In his quest to assist President Trump politically, however, it appears that Chairman Nunes has committed serious violations of law and House Rules.”

Nunes rejected the allegations but said he believes it’s “in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee and the Congress” for him to step aside from the Russia investigation.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/327594-ethics-panel-announces-investigation-into-nunes

In the meantime, a recent Trump executive order gives him far more influence over investigations into himself than he had before: https://www.palmerreport.com/news/look-out-dana-boente-donald-trump-changes-doj-succession-yet-again-as-russia-scandal-grows/2192/

This is how elected officials become dictators, by the way.

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Post by eddie on Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:31 pm

Jesus. This whole Trump thing is built on seriously shaky foundations.
I've no idea how this hasn't fallen down yet.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:48 pm

Nunes was the crooked man who walked with a crooked cane.  There's not an honest bone in his body.

He started out as a part of the Trump transition team.  Did you expect him to be fair and impartial?  This is the way that Republicans do things...it's just, they expect that people are stupid and will not notice.

Nunes never even bothered to acknowledge impartiality.  He went right on with his biased approach.  But for his colossal stupidity--having the FBI Direct address the ethics committee--he could have fooled the people for a while.  But the graft and corruption of the Republicans will come through anyway.

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