The Wall Street Journal: Republican Rep. Devin Nunes cleared by House ethics panel

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee has ended an investigation into California Republican Devin Nunes, saying Thursday it found no evidence he released classified information to the public earlier this year.

In a short statement, the committee said it had sought guidance from intelligence agencies and determined that Nunes didn’t release any classified information to the public. Democrats alleged his actions as House Intelligence Committee chairman were part of an effort to protect President Donald Trump.

“The Committee will take no further action and considers this matter closed,” the panel said, concluding an investigation that it began in April. The California Republican stepped back in April from leadership of the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to handle the ethics accusations. It is unclear whether he will resume his role.

At issue in the ethics investigation was a March news conference in which Nunes revealed that he had reviewed material gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Nunes said that U.S. intelligence officials had “incidentally” collected information about Trump transition aides while spying on foreign officials. Nunes went on to allege that those details were improperly disseminated by Obama administration officials. No evidence has emerged in public to substantiate that allegation and Obama administration officials deny any improper handling of highly classified intelligence.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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