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House Ethics Committee Clears Nunes of Wrongdoing

House Ethics Committee Clears Nunes of Wrongdoing

Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father House Intel chairman planning contempt resolution against FBI, DOJ officials: report Ryan picks his negotiating team for tax cut bill MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, of allegations that he disclosed classified information to the public.

He also challenged the committee's decision to take up the allegations against him in the first place, arguing that determining whether material was classified or not was normally the purview of committee staff, making the Ethics Committee's decision to weigh in on the matter "unprecedented".

In March, Nunes held a news conference in which he discussed viewing intelligence reports in which the names of Trump associates were "unmasked" by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice in the final weeks of the Obama administration.

Bowing to pressure, however, he ceded control of the Intelligence Committee's investigation to Republican Reps.

"Based exclusively on the conclusion of these classification experts that the information that Representative Nunes disclosed was not classified, the committee will take no further action and considers this matter closed", the statement said.

The ethics committee said Thursday in a brief statement that it determined the Republican congressman did not disclose classified information in March, when he made a surprise announcement about the United States government picking up information about President Donald Trump's transition team during a surveillance sweep.

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Democrats and progressive groups accused Nunes at the time of leaking classified information.

When the complaint was filed in April, the Tulare Republican said he would step away from leading the intelligence committee's Russian Federation investigation.

"Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics", Nunes said when he stepped aside.

Nunes released a statement Thursday night, saying he was angry the review took him off the investigation for eight months.

In his statement, he called on the committee "to publicly release all its transcripts related to my case", while noting that he was "concerned by public statements made by four of the Ethics Committee's five Democrats that appeared to prejudge this matter before they began investigating the complaint".