Under investigation, chairman of House Russia probe steps aside

Under investigation, chairman of House Russia probe steps asideBy Patricia Zengerle and Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican head of a congressional inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election said he would temporarily step aside from the probe on Thursday because he is under investigation for disclosing classified information. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and an ally of Republican President Donald Trump, characterized charges that he made unauthorized disclosures of classified information as “entirely false and politically motivated.” “Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” he said in a statement. The surprise disclosure that Nunes was under investigation injected new uncertainty into the wider Russia probe by his committee.

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