A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said that chairman Devin Nunes has to drop political distractions if he wants to lead the Russia probe.
Nunes gave duties for the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, after allegations that he disclosed classified information. However, the House Ethics Committee has cleared Nunes of any wrongdoing, opening up questions of whether he would resume his duties helming the probe.
Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., a member of the committee, said Sunday on "Meet the Press" Nunes has taken up several unfounded “distractions” during his time away from helming the probe.
He referred to questions about whether Trump Tower was wiretapped and an accusation from Nunes this past summer that former Obama aides unmasked the names of Americans in intelligence reports.
Hines said the unmasking allegations were a “nakedly political thing.”
“Sadly, in the last couple of months [Nunes] has devoted himself to these things that I regard as distractions,” said Himes.