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Rep. Devin Nunes cleared by ethics panel after complaint he divulged classified info

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California of any wrongdoing after a complaint that he had disclosed classified information related to the House's Russia investigation.

When the complaint was filed, Nunes said he would step away from leading the House's investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, though he did not formally recuse himself.

In a statement, the Ethics Committee said experts it interviewed determined that the information Nunes disclosed was not classified.

"Based solely on the conclusion of these classification experts that the information that Representative Nunes disclosed was not classified, the committee will take no further action and considers this matter closed," it states.

Nunes thanked the committee in a statement for "completely clearing me today of the cloud that was created by this investigation, and for determining that I committed no violation of anything -- no violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or any other standards of conduct."


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