Chairman Crowley Statement on Chairman Nunes’ Recusal from House Investigation into Russia’s Involvement in the 2016 Election

April 6, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes announced his decision to recuse himself from the panel’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

“The House Intelligence Committee has a critical role to play in determining what influence the Russian government had into our recent elections. Chairman Nunes damaged his credibility in overseeing this investigation by choosing to serve the White House instead of the American people. His recusal is entirely appropriate and, quite frankly, past due.

“But solely removing Mr. Nunes from his charge isn’t enough. There needs to be an independent investigation into both the Kremlin’s interference into our democracy and relationships between senior Trump administration officials and the Russian government.”