Thursday morning's big news story was House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' decision to temporarily step down from his committee's probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee chairman, announced Thursday he is giving up control of the House probe temporarily while he attempts to answer ethics complaints filed against him as a result of his conduct in the investigation.
The complaints were filed by two ethics watchdog groups.
Nunes also said he met with a secret source at the White House to review material and then briefed the president.
Usually, a smaller subcommittee handles probes, but in this case the full 10-member committee is investigating the allegations, in an indication of the seriousness of the claims.
"Pelosi said that with Nunes out of the picture, she has more confidence in the process".
Mr Nunes said that his decision came after "left-wing activist groups" filed accusations against him with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Adam Schiff, Nunes' Democratic counterpart on the House of Intelligence Committee, said he was sure it was a hard decision for him but said it was "in the best interest of the investigation" and will allow the panel to "have a fresh start moving forward".
Nunes' move could be seen as a win for Democrats whose cries for an independent panel to investigate Russia's possible ties with the Trump campaign have grown.
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"If this thing has taught me anything it's that we need to focus on the investigation without talking to the media or anxious about whether or not there's going to be ethics violations or complaints issued on any given thing that's discussed", Rooney said in an interview.
Nunes' tenure during the investigation was deeply troubled.
Representative Mike Conaway, the most senior Republican on the intelligence committee, will now lead the probe.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he is looking forward to working with Nunes on other issues but said he agrees with the decision to remove himself. Nunes will remain the Intelligence Committee chairman.
The ethics committee investigation of Nunes' actions will be led by Republican Chairwoman Susan Brooks of IN and Democrat Ted Deutch of Florida. These grievances regarded Nunes' choice to brief President Donald Trump about the intelligence interception of dialogs, during the election, between a campaign aid for Trump and officials in Russian Federation, as reported by Politico at 9:35 a.m. ET.
Ryan says he is confident that Conaway "will oversee a professional investigation into Russia's actions and follow the facts wherever they lead".
He said some of the information he'd been shown supported Trump's claims that he had been under surveillance by the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama - two days after FBI Director James Comey told Congress that no such surveillance took place.
Trump has repeatedly called that charge "fake news".
Immediately afterward, critics said he had disclosed classified information in what many saw as an effort to provide cover to Trump's wiretapping claim and distract from the wider Russian Federation investigation.