In a statement, Nunes said he would temporarily step aside as head of the House Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into Russian involvement in the U.S. elections.
Nunes said in a statement that he decided to recuse himself after “several leftwing activist groups” filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics. Nunes said those charges are “entirely false and politically motivated.” Nunes said his recusal will be in effect while the House Ethics Committee looks into the matter.
Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.) will take the lead on the investigation with assistance from Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).
This piece originally appeared on the Washington Post.