Rep. Devin Nunes has been cleared in the investigation by the House Ethics Committee of allegations that he mishandled classified information, and is now cleared to return to the Russia investigation, according to reports just announced Thursday evening.
Nunes is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
Thursday evening, the House Ethics Committee released the following statement:
“On April 6, 2017, the Committee announced that it was aware of public allegations that Rep. Devin Nunes may have made unauthorized disclosures to classified information, in violation of House Rules, laws, regulations, or other standards of conduct, and that the Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), was investigating and gathering more information regarding these allegations. The Committee does not determine whether information is or is not classified. In the course of this investigation, the Committee sought the analysis of Rep. Nunes’s statements by classification experts in the intelligence community. Based solely on the conclusion of these classification experts that the information that Rep. Nunes disclosed was not classified, the Committee will take no further action and considers this matter closed.”
BREAKING: House Ethics Committee clears Intel Chair Devin Nunes in leak investigation, clears path for his return to Russia probe.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 7, 2017
NEW: House Ethics Committee clears Rep. Devin Nunes of charge that he mishandled classified information. pic.twitter.com/5mY1rcu8s0
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) December 7, 2017
— Mary Kissel (@marykissel) December 7, 2017
BREAKING: House ethics committee has cleared Intelligence Committee Chairman @DevinNunes of a charge that he mishandled classified information.
This is the reason he stepped aside — temporarily — from the Russia investigation. pic.twitter.com/FQxcitMArI
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 7, 2017
House Ethics Committee says it is closing probe into whether Rep Devin Nunes made unauthorized disclosures of classified info, says they determined the info wasn’t classified pic.twitter.com/F7mtFvIbVF
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) December 7, 2017
Dems targeted @DevinNunes because he did the right thing and exposed the corruption and weaponization of LE and IC agencies on their behalf.
He won big here.
Now it’s time to go on offense. https://t.co/Y2EVsVSWKG
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 7, 2017