California Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, continues to review intelligence relating to Russia despite having given up the reins of an ongoing House Intelligence Committee investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported Friday.
Nunes stepped aside from his role as head of the investigation on April 6 after drawing intense criticism for his handling of information concerning U.S. surveillance activities and members of President Donald Trump’s team. Nunes temporarily passed along the responsibility for leading the investigation to Rep. Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican.
CNN said Nunes “took a trip to the CIA this week to review Russia intelligence, according to House intelligence committee sources.”
The CNN story also said that “Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, shrugged when asked if he was concerned that Nunes had not completely removed himself from the House Russia investigation.” “He recused himself, so he can set those limits,” Quigley said.
The report went on to say that according to a senior House Republican aide, Nunes is still the chairman of the committee and still has the responsibility of reviewing classified information.