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Devin Nunes announced he would leave the House's Russia investigation


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 said he plans to return to the investigation.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. pauses while speaking with reporters outside the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, following a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Nunes attempted to highlight the importance of the issue of unmasking Americans in surveillance sweeps.

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