Nunes defeats Dem challenger in California House race

Nunes defeats Dem challenger in California House race
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Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Schiff says DOJ hasn't complied with subpoena for Mueller report Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible MORE (R-Calif.) won reelection Tuesday, keeping one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE’s most fervent allies in Congress for at least two more years.

Nunes, who has represented California's 22nd Congressional District since 2003, defeated Democrat Andrew Janz, a county prosecutor who had narrowed the incumbent's lead to as few as 8 percentage points, according to a poll released in September.

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The GOP lawmaker currently serves as chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, where he came under scrutiny last year for his handling of the panel's now-concluded investigation into Russia's election interference. He was forced to step aside from the committee’s Russia investigation pending an ethics inquiry into allegations surrounding his handling of classified material. The House Ethics Committee shuttered its probe in December without bringing any charges.

Nunes has also been a key figure in Republican efforts to probe allegations of bias at the Justice Department and FBI regarding a counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia before the 2016 election. Critics argue the bias claims are part of a broader effort by the president’s congressional allies to discredit special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s Russia investigation.

With Democrats winning the House in Tuesday's elections, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Schiff: Escalating Iran tensions 'all too predictable' 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations MORE (D-Calif.) is poised to take over the Intelligence Committee's gavel. It is widely expected that Democrats will seek to revive the panel’s investigation into Russian interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.