UPDATE 10:27 a.m. EST:
The House Ethics Committee announced Nunes was under investigation for allegedly disclosing classified information.
The committee's statement, released Thursday, insisted the investigation itself was not an indication that any wrongdoing has occurred.
UPDATE 10:07 a.m EST: Here's House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s statement on Nunes.
ORIGINAL STORY: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) will temporarily leave the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a statement from his office.
Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) will take over the investigation.
Here's Nunes' statement.
Nunes said several "leftwing activist groups" had accused him of handling the investigation improperly. Some of those complaints reached the Office of Congressional Ethics. He called the accusations "entirely false and politically motivated," but he believed it was in the best interests of the committee for him to step aside from the investigation.
He retains his role as committee chairman.
Nunes says he plans to return to the Russia investigation at some point in the future, stepping away for the time being.— Robert Costa (@costareports) April 6, 2017
Nunes said he plans to return to the investigation.
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