WASHINGTON, DC April 6, 2017 – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following Chairman Devin Nunes’ decision to recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election:

“It is entirely appropriate that Chairman Nunes should step aside from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation, something he should have done days ago.  However, the decision to have Rep. Trey Gowdy involved as one of the new Republican leaders of this investigation ought to raise red flags, given his history as the leader of the blatantly partisan Benghazi panel.  The best way for Republicans to show that they are serious about getting to the bottom of Russia’s interference in our democracy, instead of embracing disproven conspiracy theories promoted by the White House, would be to join with Democrats in launching a bipartisan, independent investigative commission.”