(RepublicanInformer.com)- Republican Devin Nunes is no longer a member of the House of Representatives after resigning from his post at the start of the year to take a job heading up former President Donald Trump’s new venture in media.
Now, a replacement for him on the House Intelligence Committee has been named.
Recently, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appointed Ohio Representative Mike Turner to take Nunes’ position as the top member of the GOP on the committee.
Last week, McCarthy said in a statement that Turner has a commitment to America that is “unwavering.” He added that Turner would continue the work Nunes had done on the committee as the GOP’s ranking member.
McCarthy said in the statement:
“Throughout his long tenure on the Intelligence Committee, Mike established himself as a national security leader and ardent supporter of truth. Mike’s leadership of the committee will continue the great work of Congressman Nunes who has led the committee with integrity.
“Every American committed to the security and safety of this country should be well-assured of Congressman Turner’s leadership of the House Intelligence Committee.”
Even Nunes was very supportive of Turner’s appointment to take over in his position. He released a statement of his own that said he was confident that Turner would “be a fearless and skillful leader” of the House Intelligence Committee.
“For many years, Mike has been an extremely valuable fighter for House Intelligence Committee Republicans. He was instrumental in the work we did to expose the Russia collusion hoax, and he was a major asset in demolishing the Democrats’ ridiculous accusations during the first impeachment of President Trump.
“I congratulate him on his well-deserved appointment as Ranking Member.”
The House Intelligence Committee is an extremely crucial panel in the lower chamber. It’s chaired by California Representative Adam Schiff, who has long been a challenger of Trump’s. The committee is the one that headed up the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s alleged interference from Ukraine to bolster his chances of getting re-elected.
Democrats are only guaranteed to have control of committees in the House through the end of the year. Following the midterm elections in November, it’s very possible that Republicans could regain control of the House and the Senate.
This makes Turner’s appointment as the Republican ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee even more noteworthy. If the GOP were to recapture the majority in the House, then Turner would be the natural choice to transition into the role of the chair of that powerful committee — especially since McCarthy would make for a natural choice to be Speaker of the House in that scenario.
Late last year, Nunes announced he would be resigning from Congress to pursue a position with Trump’s new media venture. He had served in Congress for almost 20 years.
Nunes will now serve as the CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group. He has long been an ally of Trump’s and was potentially facing a tough re-election battle as California is undergoing redistricting.