Nunes defeats Dem challenger in California House race

Nunes defeats Dem challenger in California House race
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Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE (R-Calif.) won reelection Tuesday, keeping one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview 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 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 SchiffWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' Schiff: 'Hard to imagine a poorer case' than Trump's on emergency declaration 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.