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Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes Cleared for Blowing Whistle on Trump Team Wiretaps

08 December 2017

"I respect the ethics process, but I remain dismayed that it took an unbelievable eight months for the Committee to dismiss this matter". His spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nunes had denied coordinating his disclosure of the information with the Trump administration.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said in a statement last spring that he supported Nunes' decision to step aside from the Russian Federation investigation, adding that Nunes' leadership during the ethics investigation "would be a distraction".

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"In the course of this investigation, the committee sought the analysis of Representative Nunes' statements by classification experts in the intelligence community".

Nunes stepped away from his role at the head of the probe April 6, the day the Ethics Committee announced it was investigating him.

"The disclosure of this information by Chairman Nunes was evidently meant to try to lend some credence to President Trump' claims that former President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped - claims that have been repeatedly been shown to be absolutely baseless, as confirmed by FBI Director Comey in his testimony before Chairman Nunes' own committee", MoveOn.org's ethics complaint read.

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In a joint statement Thursday, Ethics Committee Chairman Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, the panel's senior Democrat, said the committee based its decision to close the case against Nunes on a review by experts in the Intelligence Community about what constitutes classified information. He also said he wanted the panel to release its transcripts of its interviews with him.

I'd like to thank the Ethics Committee for completely clearing me today of the cloud that was created by this investigation, and for determining that I committed no violation of anything-no violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or any other standards of conduct.
Two and a half weeks later, Nunes, a Trump ally, told reporters that an unidentified source had shown him intelligence reports containing "unmasked" names of Trump associates swept up in foreign surveillance, prompting accusations that Nunes had disclosed classified information to provide cover to Trump. On Thursday, one person familiar with the investigation said House investigators asked Trump Jr. about a series of emails between some participants at the meeting after it occurred.

On Wednesday the committee interviewed Donald Trump Jr., Trump's oldest son, about a 2016 meeting he and other campaign officials held with Russians, among other issues. He sent the missive while "describing the news as "eerily weird" given what they had discussed at Trump Tower five days earlier", CNN reported. Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, attended the meeting with several Russian operatives under the impression that they might receive damaging information about the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

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Scott Balber, a lawyer for Kaveladze, said: "We have no idea what it's a reference to".

Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes Cleared for Blowing Whistle on Trump Team Wiretaps