House Intel Committee Chair Nunes Recuses Himself From Russia Probe

Tyler Durden's picture

Another day, and another dramatic turn in the ongoing Russia-hacking story took place moments ago when the Chair of the House Intel Committee, Devin Nunes, said he would recuse himself from the the panel's probe into Russian meddling into the US election.

Nunes said Rep. Mike Conaway, assisted by Reps. Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney, will temporarily take over panel’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 election. Nunes added that the recusal will last while House Ethics Cmte reviews accusations against him he calls “politically motivated.”

Nunes will keep his other responsibilities as chairman.

His full statmeent is below.

Washington, D.C. — House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes today issued the following statement:


"Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.


Despite the baselessness of the charges, I believe it is in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee and the Congress for me to have Representative Mike Conaway, with assistance from Representatives Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney, temporarily take charge of the Committee's Russia investigation while the House Ethics Committee looks into this matter.


I will continue to fulfill all my other responsibilities as Committee Chairman, and I am requesting to speak to the Ethics Committee at the earliest possible opportunity in order to expedite the dismissal of these false claims."

NBC's Bradd Jaffy adds that Nunes stepped out early from a House Intel meeting this morning; "unclear why."

Separately, the top House Intel Committee Adam Schiff said that he was not informed Nunes would step aside until his statement to the press. He also added that the investigation of Russian involvement in the US election needs to get back on track, and that materials viewed by Nunes at the White House are now available to the full committee.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Nunes has “followed all proper guidelines and laws” and “continues” to have his trust. But, he added, “it is clear that this process would be a distraction for the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in our election.” He said he’s confident that Conaway will oversee a “professional investigation” into Russia’s actions.

Here is Ryan's full statement on Nunes' recusal:

Speaker Ryan Statement on Chairman Nunes


WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today released the following statement: 


“Devin Nunes has earned my trust over many years for his integrity and dedication to the critical work that the intelligence community does to keep America safe. He continues to have that trust, and I know he is eager to demonstrate to the Ethics Committee that he has followed all proper guidelines and laws. In the meantime, it is clear that this process would be a distraction for the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in our election. Chairman Nunes has offered to step aside as the lead Republican on this probe, and I fully support this decision. Chairman Mike Conaway, a senior member of the Committee, will now lead this investigation in the House. I am confident that he will oversee a professional investigation into Russia’s actions and follow the facts wherever they lead.”


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Truther's picture

This is Bullshit..... Someone is caving in.

chunga's picture

Drain the swamp? LOL!

flapdoodle's picture

Seven days in April... this is History in the making, assuming anyone is left to write it.

The scarey part of the "Russia did it meme" is that this meme doesn't come from the Democrats as a ploy to explain their election loss, but rather from within the Deep State as it gears up the Sheeple to prepare for War.

Its obvious that Trump has either been neutered or was never what his backers thought he was.

Truther's picture

Either the campaign message was a psyop or Trump is being threatened, brainwashed, subdued, or too blind to see things. Hate to see him become the swamp.

SWRichmond's picture

"Winning" is not incessantly giving up all of your politcial power to your enemies.

BaBaBouy's picture

Yes Donaldo, You can Play Too, We will let you press some Launch Buttons when it comes time???
Now Just A Shadow of his election Promises...

Bumpo's picture

Sounds like Nunes is taking away the Dems excuse for sitting on their hands in this investigation, WHICH LEADS AWAY FROM TRUMP AND DIRECTLY TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

NoDebt's picture

Another Republican folds like a cheap lawn chair.  This guy must be taking lessons from John Boehner.


JRobby's picture

Too early to tell. He is doing something out of the ordinary and following prescribed protocol to the letter even though the inquiry is political in nature (made up) and meant to slow him down.

He seems like a straight shooter on the right side of this.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Drip drip drip goes the Trump admin 

JRobby's picture

Too early to tell. He is doing something out of the ordinary and following prescribed protocol to the letter even though the inquiry is political in nature (made up) and meant to slow him down.

He seems like a straight shooter on the right side of this.

It seems simple to me. And please, down vote away to amuse me because, it really does amuse me.

If you got on board with Trump you need to let it run it's course for a while and stop whining while at the same time being prepred for civil war with insurrection.

If both of the above scenarios sound nuts to you, you are likely my enemy (FrozenGoodz - TROLL) and I don't give a fuck about you, your family or your friends. 

(sorry for the double/extended post but FrozenGoodz was replying and freezing me out of edit)

Ghost of Porky's picture

This just in... republican caves under impotent threats from dems. Says it's the "honorable thing to do."

And in other news, a bear just shat in the woods. Film at 11.

Paper Mache's picture

Haha Frozenbollocks really isn't adjusting to the swamp draining is he? 

Nunes did the right thing removing himself from this investigation. It's all a load of crap about Russia. Demoncratics would say it was 'tainted' by Nune's, just so as to keep the conspiracy going. 

Anyway, Trey Gowdy''s gonna tear themall  new bumholes. 


JRobby's picture

The idiocy of Belrev, FrozenGoodz, etc.

Just semen guzzling Trolls that chase quarters in the gutter.

crossroaddemon's picture

So if we don't trus the same people you trust we're the enemy. DO you have any idea what you sound like?

Seriously... i's one thing to support a politician. I think it's misguided, but whatever. What I don't understand why some of you think being on the Trump Train is a fucking moral imperative. Would anybody please explain?

Paper Mache's picture

Yeahave,  that's right you fucktard troll. ... Like Chinese water torture. Drip drip drip on the top of the Democratic filth. 

MAGA God Bless President Trump

auricle's picture

It's the new McCarthy era. Witch hunts for Russia sympathizers. Can't we gut these neogon cancers out of government. Start with anyone who says 'sympathizer' Russia, Syria, Iran etc.

alangreedspank's picture

When Russian influence in US government was communist, they didn't care. They loved Russian influenmce

Bendromeda Strain's picture

The McCarthy Democrats...  too funny.

TsyFox's picture


He Was Ordered to Step Down by #RatRyan #RatRyan #RatRyan

Never One Roach's picture



Then Schiff and McCain should recuse themselves from Mankind.

JRobby's picture

Thank you for directing this back to a productive discussion


Giant Meteor's picture

You forgot Linseed Grahm who was on FOX with Billo last evening, salivating WAR!

I don't regularly tune in to the boobtube, but when I can stomach a few moments of it, incidentally of course, it never ceases to amaze me the depth of the bullshit, and the unmasking. Chest waders are no longer effective insurance, as you will literally drown in shit.

False flag? Of this there can be no doubt ..

Obviously, a measure to take the look see off of what is already in plain view. A morally, economically bankrupt, bereft nation, still wishing to retain biggest swinging dick on the globe status, at all possible costs, as practical matter of survival .. up to and including at the expense of most every other human being on the face of planet earth, if need be. Pity though, so few understand it, what maybe 5% - perhaps a tad higher.

Then you factor in, just what in the fuck does anyone do with that information anyway? Pray?

Well certainly all prayers are appreciated and accepted.

For lack of better description, perhaps this is the "come to Jesus" moment in our great Shakespearean play.



wren's picture

TONS of investigations, NOBODY GOING TO JAIL! Drain the swamp my ass. This is just the '80's tv series American Gladiator on steroids! Swamp wasn't drained, Trump's too scared of throwing the criminals in jail!

Giant Meteor's picture

As I have mentioned previously. My belief is they all have shit, to one degree or another, ON each other. These folks are in a league all their own. What we have here, have had, is the melding of state and corporate power. I would of thought that this was fairly obvious, a long time ago. It does not matter what "the American people" (reads, consumers in the homeland) - desire to any extent. I also thought THAT was made fairly obvious.

Christ, I remember at Obam's first term, and the runup thereof .. the many obam voters majorly pissed off, within weeks, cabinet picks and what not, realizing "we been had!" no prosecutions regarding bankster crimes, war crimes etc etc ..

We've seen this movie before, it's just the players are different .. the plot line slightly modified .. shit.

Still, as I have maintained. This is a positive development! Let the light shine on it all, remove all doubt, who run bartertown.


justin423's picture

What exactly is the ethics committee investigating? Dissemination of classified information by Nunes to a target of the investigation.


Even Ryan can't sweep this one under the rug. And BTW, the ethics investigation is on hold.

Why is it on hold? It is normally put on hold while a GRAND JURY considers evidence and whether to indict. 

. So either he is INDICTED for espionage or if the grand jury doesn't indict, he is investigated by the House ethics committee, with a much lower standard. Either way, Nunes is in deep shit. How could Ryan be so tone deaf. He had to know Nunes had problems and could have removed him from the IC chair as soon as this Congress started under any sort of pretense, and nobody would have been the wiser. 

But Gowdy? Conaway and Rooney? I remember Gowdy and Conaway looked like a complete idiot during Benghazi.  Not sure about the other two. Is the bench that thin?

Being a rich kid son of a football team owner isn't exactly a qualification.  I would have picked Hurd. He is ex-CIA, and knows what happens when people do stupid things with intelligence.

But the membership of the intelligence committee on the Republican side isnt' exactly an all-star team. (Though to be fair, Pelosi picked some real dopes on the other side, as well) 


Drained the swamp all right. 

Zorba's idea's picture

The fact that Rep. Trey Gowdy is assisting while Nunes sits out is encouraging. Although I would prefer Rep Nunes to challenge any of these lying progs to a duel at dawn near the Washington monument.

Unreliable Narrator's picture

You guys do realize that when someone voluntarily and surprisingly recuses himself from a political investigation, it's almost always because that person already knows he has won?

Loretta Lynch recused herself from the decision-to-prosecute HRC.  Why?  Because she already knew that there would be no prosecution anyway, so she wouldn't be needed to stop it.

Ditto Nunes.  Russiagate is a nothingburger.  Let the libtards jump around gleefully about the recusal meaning something.  It does mean something.  It just doesn't mean what they think it does.

justin423's picture

They also recuse when they are implicated.
Countdown to Nunes being frogmarched....3..2...1

Giant Meteor's picture

Russiagate is a nothing burger? Well certainly I know what you mean .. But I seriously disagree.

Sure , sure it is Trumped up lies, lying and bullshit, put out by bad faith actors, on the government payroll, and their attendant lackies and MSM mouthpieces. I think all this lying, misdirection, corruption, and outright bullshit, is a really big deal.

I consider it a barometer of sorts .. you know, like pressure readings and changes, right before a massive hurricane hits.

It is ALL a big fucking deal, which to my way of thinking, exposes the entire "racket" called "government."

If nothing else can be said, never let it said, we are not now plumbing the depths of bad bullshit.

The rabbitt hole runs deep, but come to find out, not near as confusing as once believed!

Trump, for better or worse, like him or hate him, on purpose or by accident has been a gigantic flashlight ... 

You know, like stadium lights ...

justin423's picture

Encouraging? Gowdy is probably the most incompetent prosecutor in the House since Lindsay Graham.

Of course, if I had to investigate my committee chair, I would also appoint Mr. Incompentent who couldn't find his way out of a paper bag.


justin423's picture

Encouraging? Gowdy is probably the most incompetent prosecutor in the House since Lindsay Graham.

Of course, if I had to investigate my committee chair, I would also appoint Mr. Incompentent who couldn't find his way out of a paper bag.


shocktherapy's picture

Enemies, thats funny ! A bunch of rich egotistical men and women.

SWRichmond's picture


If Trump finishes abandoning the patriots, and then the patriots abandon Trump,we are going to get the same thing we'd have gotten had Hillary been elected.  That "four years of extra time to prep" might turn into "four weeks".

We are left with 1) a President who has alienated the entire establishment but who is left with no outside support; 2) a Congress of establishment dems and repubs busily investigating each other, heads still full of nothing but visions of avarice at the thought of gaining control; 3) a very pissed-off intelligence deep state, upset at being outed, jonesing for multiple wars to kill tens of millions while boosting their careers.  All of this in the backdrop of historic financial pressure: a bankrupt federal government, collapsing state and local pension programs, EU coming apart and also bankrupt, a stock market at all time highs, and record consumer debt burdens.

I am starting to think it's time to party like the missiles are already flying.

chunga's picture

A lot of it is his own fault. He could come out today and fire James Comey for example but he won't.

JRobby's picture

Funny that people thought there would be any major legislation passed before an incumbent blood bath in November 2018?

Why is that? Because people are stupid.  Those that aren't have an agenda. Others are impatient. Others have to complain 24/7. Others get paid to write about this shit show.

Just pathetic if you don't know that our legislative branch is wholly owned and controlled (blackmailed) by the elite. 

SWRichmond's picture

I am impatient with Trump starting WW3 in Syria, yes.  If I'd wanted that I could have voted for Hillary.

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Trump has one chance with me.  He uses this as a negotiating tactic to ultimately cut a deal with Putin and any military action  is limited and not directed at Syrian Army forces.  No doubt he doesn't want to be Kennedy'd.  Yesterday MAY have been an opening offer of hium saying what he had top say given media coverage of Deep State False Flag.  Meeting with Xi today should reenforce that when we go against Russia's interests in Syria, we poke CHina by proxy.  The deal tthose two nations signed to get out of the dollar looms large.

That said, if Trump orders ordanance and troops against Syria's legitimate government, all of us will have little choice but to plan to win the inevitable Civil War.  This nation will be over for all intents an purposes...

crossroaddemon's picture

You don't seriously think you can overthrow the government by force of arms, do you? So long as people are fed and sheltered you're not going to get anything like the numbers you think you are... and that's just the first problem. Would you like a list?

crossroaddemon's picture

OK, the problems as I see them are as follows:

1) Numbers. You won't get 'em. Truth is that when it really comes down to the wire most people value their lives more than their freedom... and that's any people in any age. So long as Americans aren't starving en masse any armed uprising is going to be too small to be effective.

2) Organization. How are you going to bring this together into something effective with the .gov monitoring everything? And who's going to risk starting it? The answer is everybody is going to wait for somebody else to do it because the risks are too high. Anybody who tries to organize anything is probably going to get caught and made a very unpleasant example of. You'll sit around forever waiting for a leader to arise, or for somebody else to fire the first shot.

3) Armed forces. History says they side with whoever is paying their salary, and the gap between the armaments available to the military and the general public have never been greater in all of human history. They have drones, guided missiles, and armored vehicles... you have hunting rifles. And let's be very honest... most Americans take their guns out at hunting season only and have no tactical training. This is in no way equivalent to the mideast where the guerilla fighters have experience and the broad support of the populace.

4) Infrastructure dependence. Speaking of the populace, let's talk about the real elephant in the room. How is a population that starves to death if grocery deliveries stop going to successfuly revolt? You can't possibly believe you're going to win a revolution without seriously disrupting commerce. Even most farmers buy most of their food, and would be completely lost without their heavy machinery and chemicals. Your army won't have anything to eat in a matter of days, weeks at most, and if supply lines are cut the whole damn population is going to side with whoever stands the greatest chance of getting shit running again. Which BTW isn't you. 

JRobby's picture

Student Government with huge sums of (our tax) money.

Murderface's picture

I honestly think that Trump doesn't give a shit because he knows he is innocent.  

Again, you're ALL projecting what a TYPICAL POLITICIAN'S reaction to this is.

Trump is not a typical politician, and he knows the truth in this.

Do ANY OF YOU think for minute, with all this leaking, and eavesdropping going on that if they found anything even remotely problematic, it would have been splashed across the front pages of every newspaper and Left Wing website.

Let me tell you what they got... They got "cazzi" (Italian); "gahtz", as the American Italians say.  Niente; Nada.... NOTHING.

I have the utmost faith in Gowdy, and as long as he's looking, there ain't gonna be no fucking monkey business.

Cloud9.5's picture

We are done.  The Pretorian Guard just gave Trump the same message they gave Ross Perot years ago.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ flap,

It's open, in your face Criminality of Epic proportions. The Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. & its Vermin Moinions are beyond "Corruption."

It's those Select Highly Compartmentalized Criminal Pure Evil Rogue Elements at the Deep State Top that have had control since the JFK Execution that have entrenched themselves for decades & refuse to relinquish Control.

The 17 Intel "Agencies", its infrastructure, contractors & sub contractors need to be dismantled. Beginning & not ending with the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopaths at the


The Agency is Cancer. Why are we even waiting for them to kill another one of our people to act? There should be no question about the CIA's future in the US.
Dissolved & dishonored. Its members locked away or punished for Treason. Their reputation is so bad and has been for so long, that the fact that you joined them should be enough to justify arrest and Execution for Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

What people don't understand is, that the Russian PsyOp / False Narrative Script by the Deep State & Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath Hillary Clinton Globalist was the game plan all long.

Win, stolen or lost. They were going & are going "all in" with the PsyOp, Scripted False Narrative of Russia hacking the Elections / Russia / Putin / Trump Propaganda gone full retard via the Deep States Opeatives in the Presstitute Media.

Plausible Deniability is the name of the game. If the Deep State could of pulled off the False Narrative PsyOp of Russia influencing our Elections the Deep State could & will hack into Russia's National Elections next March. Call it pay back.

The Deep State's destabilization campaign in Ukraine especially Crimea was part of the ZioNeoConFascist Agenda to destabilize Russia during their upcoming elections.

Putin countered by expelling all Geroge Sorros NGO's from Russia. However, rest assured those destabilization cells are in place to ready to be activated come Russia's next election cycle.

Citizen_x's picture


That swamp is mighty and powerful. 

Nunes obviously wants to retain his and his families oxygen privileges.  The swamp only gets drained by you and I.  And by all of us.  It was foolish on our part to think Trump could do it alone.


Women didn't get the right to vote by sitting on the couch and complaining about it...

It's sad when our great grandmothers had bigger balls than us "so-called" men today.

Creepy Lurker's picture

Hot damn, best comment I've seen in ages. Logged in just to upvote.

Come on, other 49% of the population, nut up. I'd love to meet an actual man before I die.

crossroaddemon's picture

Maybe the guy who is fucking your wife?