The House Ethics Committee on Thursday night cleared Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on allegations that he mishandled classified information when he said a Trump transition team member had their communications monitored by the U.S. intelligence community.
A complaint was filed over the disclosed information, and Nunes announced he would step aside from leading the investigation into the Russia's meddling in the 2016 investigation.
The Ethics Committee said that following the analysis from "classification experts," it has determined that what Nunes disclosed was not classified information, ending their investigation into the Republican lawmaker's comments.
Nunes responded to the announcement by thanking the ethics panel for clearing him, but voiced his disappointment that the "frivolous" allegations against him took eight full months to be dismissed.
“I respect the ethics process, but I remain dismayed that it took an unbelievable eight months for the Committee to dismiss this matter,” Nunes said in a statement.
Nunes also called on the committee to release all transcripts related to his case.
“I am also concerned by public statements made by four of the Ethics Committee’s five Democrats that appeared to prejudge this matter before they began investigating the complaint," Nunes said. "I therefore call on the Ethics Committee to publicly release all its transcripts related to my case."
The announcement clears the way for Nunes to return to the head of his committee's inquiry into Russia.