Washington Post Quotes Bryson Morgan: House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes Recuses Himself From Russia Probe
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) temporarily stepped aside Thursday from the committee’s probe into Russian interference in the presidential election, as House investigators look into ethics charges against him.
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“It’s a way of taking control,” said Bryson B. Morgan, a former investigative counsel with the Office of Congressional Ethics and a political law attorney with Caplin & Drysdale who explained that the House Ethics Committee can tell the OCE to stand down if it launches an investigation first. He also noted that because the Ethics Committee did not appoint a special panel to conduct the probe, there was no telling how seriously or quickly members planned to dig into the allegations against Nunes.
It is the black box of congressional ethics investigations,” Morgan said of the Ethics Committee’s chosen category of probe. “You just don’t know what you’re going to get.
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Excerpt taken from the article “House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes recuses himself from Russia probe” by Karoun Demirjian for The Washington Post.