Left cheers Nunes ‘stepping down’ from Russian probe; the Right laughs when they hear who’s ‘stepping in’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes is temporarily stepping down from his committee’s probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The announcement by Nunes on Thursday cited  “entirely false and politically motivated” accusations leveled against him by “leftwing activist groups” as a reason he chose to recuse himself from the investigation, Fox News reported.

“Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” Nunes said in the statement. “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.”

Though the embattled California congressman said the accusations were “baseless,” he felt that it would be in “the best interests” of the investigation for him step aside and allow Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, with assistance from Rep.Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Rep.Tom Rooney of Florida to“temporarily” lead the committee’s investigation while the House Ethics Committee looks into the matter.

“I will continue to fulfill all my 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,” Nunes said.

Shortly after his statement, the House Ethics Committee confirmed an investigation into Nunes. The Committee announced Thursday that it is looking into the chairman’s actions after “allegations of unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

The congressman has been under fire since it was revealed he reviewed classified documents while on White House grounds the day before he announced information related to alleged surveillance of President Trump’s transition team. Nunes briefed the president on the content of the documents and raised the ire of Democrats who called for him to step down from the Russian probe due to the ethics violations.

The Committee noted that its investigation “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.”

House leadership had stood behind Nunes throughout the controversy but Speaker Paul Ryan praised the chairman’s decision on Thursday.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, welcomed Nunes announcement.

“I know this was not an easy decision for the Chairman, with whom I have worked well for many years,” Schiff said in a statement.

“He did so in the best interests of the committee and I respect that decision. I look forward to my continued work with the Chairman on the whole host of other important issues that our committee oversees every day, in our effort to make sure that the country is protected and our civil liberties are maintained.”

Of course, news of the change quickly took over social media as journalists and other Twitter users reacted, with many critics cheering the news and proclaiming that “pressure works.”

Maybe before popping the champagne corks, liberals need to think about what this “accomplishment” means for the investigation.

Twitter users eagerly looked forward to what comes next now that Gowdy will be taking a bigger part in the investigation.

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