- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2017

Rep. Jim Himes on Monday said the House intelligence committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign is “back on track.”

“I think we’re all happy on the committee that things seem to be back on track,” Mr. Himes, Connecticut Democrat, said on CNN’s “New Day.”

He said he thinks Rep. Mike Conaway’s replacing Rep. Devin Nunes as the head of the investigation would take some of the scrutiny off of the committee.

“I think we’re back on track,” Mr. Himes said, saying both parties have put together a witness list.

Mr. Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the intelligence committee, recently announced he was stepping aside from leading the Russia investigation amid ongoing ethics complaints.

Democrats have questioned whether Mr. Nunes, who was a member of President Trump’s transition team, is too close to the White House to reliably oversee a probe that could implicate members of Mr. Trump’s administration or campaign.

Mr. Nunes, for his part, has said the charges filed against him are baseless but that it would be in the best interests of the committee to have Mr. Conaway, Texas Republican, lead the investigation.

The House Committee on Ethics is looking into whether Mr. Nunes improperly disclosed classified information.

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