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

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithTrump rails against Twitter in late night tweets The pandemic and a 'rainy day fund' for American charity House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races MORE (D-Wash.) said Saturday that top House Intelligence Committee Republican Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight 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 GiulianiKrebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race Krebs: I'm 'most upset' I didn't get to say goodbye to my team 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

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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 BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE, but the bigger thing is about what President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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.