One of the sure signs that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was getting too close to the truth was the use of the old Democrat stand-by of hitting him with an ethics charge in order to remove him from the fray. Now he’s been cleared:
The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, of allegations that he disclosed classified information earlier this year.
Nunes was forced to step aside from the helm of the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including alleged collusion with President Donald Trump’s allies, in the wake of his March statement that members of the Trump transition team had their communications legally monitored by the U.S. intelligence community.
The Ethics Committee, however, announced Thursday that it would close its investigation following consultation with experts in the classification process, a step that resulted in the conclusion that any information Nunes shared was not classified.
Nunes denied coordinating his disclosure of the information with the Trump White House, but he ultimately bowed to political pressure over the flap and ceded control of the intelligence panel’s Russia inquiry to Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
The Democrats are going to live to regret this little stunt. Nunes’ statement made it very clear that he considers the allegations to be exactly what they were: harassment. Even while “recused,” Nunes has shown that he’s still very much in charge of the committee and when he’s back without the ethics charge hanging over his head, he’s not going to be happy.