House Armed Services Committee Chairman: Ethics investigation into Nunes 'likely'

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithAngst grips America's most liberal city China is rapidly expanding its nuclear force: Should the US be concerned? House panel wants probe of F-35 breathing issues MORE (D-Wash.) said Saturday that top House Intelligence Committee Republican Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists MORE (Calif.) should face an ethics probe due to accusations that he met with a former Ukrainian prosecutor who is central to the impeachment inquiry. 

Asked in an MSNBC interview whether Nunes should be investigated, Smith said, “Quite likely, without question."

An attorney for Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCapitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Bob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' MOREtold CNN a Ukrainian official informed his client that Nunes met with former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin last December in an attempt to find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden

Another lawyer for Parnas has also told The Daily Beast that Parnas in 2018 helped set up meetings and calls in Europe for Nunes.

Nunes told Breitbart that the accusation was "demonstrably false" and has threatened legal action.

"I understand a lot of this is about Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE, but the bigger thing is about what President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE and the Russians and all these people have been doing," Smith said, calling it "a systematic problem that is a threat to the country because of what Russia is doing to democracy." 

Nunes was the subject of a 2017 investigation over accusations of disclosing classified committee information to the White House but was cleared of that charge, according to Politico. 

The Hill has reached out to Nunes for comment.