Rep Devin Nunes: House Intelligence Committee Chair temporarily steps aside from Russia probe 1

So in the latest twist in the ongoing controversy over President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, the head of the congressional committee investigating the matter has recused himself. Congressman Devin Nunes, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, removed himself temporarily from his committee’s investigation following accusations of ethics violations.

Apparently in a political assassination attempt, several left-wing activist groups filed accusations against Chairman Nunez with the Office of Congressional Ethics. Congressman Nunes said in a statement on Thursday morning that; “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.” Further, according to a Congressional Intelligence Committee press release, which indicated that the charges are that Chairman Nunes mishandled classified intelligence information — a charge that is completely baseless according to other members serving on the Committee and who are familiar with the Congressman’s work on the Committee’s investigation.

It is more than obvious that this is purely despicable and disgusting Washington political gamesmanship being deliberately leveled against a Congressman who essentially ‘flew too close to the sun’ so to speak, to use a cliche. Congressman Devin Nunes’ role as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has conducted a persistent and effective investigation to date, uncovering significant abusive and illegal manipulation of our intelligence agencies and intelligence processes.

The criticism stemmed from Congressman Nunes’ decision to bring sensitive intelligence to President Trump before consulting with his committee. Two weeks ago, the Congressman announced he had discovered evidence of “incidental surveillance” of the Trump transition team – and possibly Donald Trump himself – leading up to the inauguration.

The information initially seemed to support Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that former President Barack Obama had “wiretapped” his offices.  Mr. Trump told reporters he felt “somewhat” vindicated by the discovery.

As a result, these activist inspired charges against Congressman Nunes raised the ire of the Democrats and Establishment/RINO, and Cuck-servative Republicans on the Intelligence Committee and in Congress and even the Senate. Chairman Nunes’ damning revelations of key members of the Obama administration’s wrong doing raised too much attention. In turn, it overshadowed the lackadaisical and foolish false findings of the phony narrative by those Democrats and Republicans on the committee attempting to identify Donald Trump’s collusion with Putin and Russia’s involvement hacking and influence resulting in Trump winning the election. More so, it provided further proof that the Russian angle was fake and contrived as a deliberate campaign to attack Trump and his becoming President. This effective investigation got a lot of attention, and as noted particularly to the Democrats, political-left, Establishment/RINO, and Cuck-servative Republicans who really wanted to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, truly look and act like fools.

Nunes’ effort revealed too much — subsequently paving the way for many in the Obama administration to be likely threatened with potential prosecution for those who lied, obstructed, leaked, and we’re complicit in spying and illegally manipulating the law to allow the revealing and unmasking of Americans. It’s both despicable and disgusting on behalf of those, including Speaker of the House Ryan to allow the tool of the Democrat caucus, that being the Ethics Committee, to drum-up charges on Nunes accusing him of mishandling classified intelligence. Again another scam implemented in an effort to claim a scalp, and give the left the upper hand, as well to distract from the Russia debacle.

So essentially what Congressman Nunes’ did was basically to go to the president, who is being investigated by the FBI and others and by both the House and Senate intelligence committees, to give them information,” Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee said that; “Basically what he has done is he has scuttled and put a cloud over his own investigation.”

Congressman Nunes’ has previously refused to step down from the House investigation. On Thursday morning, however, the bipartisan House Ethics Committee announced their own investigation of Congressman Nunes, based on reports that now suggest he “may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information” during his press conference. Despite the false and unsubstantiated accusations, Congressman Nunes called the allegations “baseless”, but agreed to remove himself temporarily from the House investigation.

While Congressman Nunes’ removal of is stated to be temporary — during his hiatus the leadership of the Intelligence Committee will revert to Congressman Mike Conaway, (R-Texas), with assistance from Representatives Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Tom Rooney, (R-FL) who would temporarily take charge of the GOP-led committee’s Russia investigation

Congressman Nunes’ said he would remain as chairman of the intelligence committee.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.