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

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithBroad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa Lawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (D-Wash.) said Saturday that top House Intelligence Committee Republican Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism 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 GiulianiParnas says he has turned over tape of Trump calling for diplomat's firing Pompeo explodes at NPR reporter, asks if she could find Ukraine on a map ABC: Recording apparently captures Trump discussing Yovanovitch ouster with Parnas, Fruman 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 BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE, but the bigger thing is about what President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group 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.