Poll: Majority feels Devin Nunes should recuse himself from the Russia investigation

The turbulent congressional investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election has some questioning those in leadership positions -- namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.

A new AOL News poll finds that nearly two-thirds of people surveyed think the congressman should recuse himself from the official investigation.

Of those polled, 61 percent said they feel Nunes should recuse himself, while 35 percent of respondents said they do not think the Nunes should recuse himself. Four percent said they were unsure.

Key players in Trump-Russia connection allegations

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Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort signed on as Donald Trump's campaign manager in March 2016. A longtime Republican strategist and beltway operative, Manafort had previously served as an adviser to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich -- a pro-Russia leader who was violently ousted in 2014. Manafort resigned from his campaign position in August 2016 amid questions over his lobbying history in Ukraine for an administration supportive of Russia. The former campaign manager reportedly remained in Trump's circle during the post-election transition period.

Michael Flynn

Gen. Michael Flynn was named President Trump's national security adviser in November of 2016. Flynn reportedly met and spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, at one point discussing sanctions. Flynn originally told Vice President Pence he did not discuss sanctions -- a point the Department of Justice said made the national security adviser subject to blackmail. Flynn resigned from his position in February.

Sergey Kislyak

Outgoing Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak is the Russian official U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions -- communication Sessions denied during his Senate committee hearing testimony.

Roger Stone

Stone is a longtime Republican political consultant who served as a campaign adviser to Trump who continued to talk with the then-GOP candidate after stepping away from his adviser role. Stone claimed last year that he had knowledge of the planned WikiLeaks release of emails pertaining to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Stone recently admitted to speaking via direct message with "Guccifer 2.0" -- an online entity U.S. officials believe is tied to Russia. Stone says the correspondence was “completely innocuous.”

Jeff Sessions

Former U.S. senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama joined Trump's campaign as a foreign policy adviser in February 2016. Sessions was nominated to be U.S. attorney general by President Trump and was then confirmed by the Senate. Reports then emerged that Sessions had spoken twice with Sergey Kislyak while he was senator -- a fact that he left out of his Senate hearing testimony. Instead, he said in writing that he had not communicated with any Russian officials during the campaign season. Sessions defended himself saying he had spoken with Kislyak specifically in a senate capacity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

The American intelligence community accused Putin in Jan. 2017 of ordering a campaign to undermine trust in the American electoral process, developing a clear preference for Trump as president. "We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump," the report read.

James Comey

Comey publicly confirmed in March an FBI inquiry into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. “The F.B.I., as part of our counterintelligence effort, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 president election,” Comey stated.

Carter Page

Page worked for Merrill Lynch as an investment banker out of their Moscow office for three years before joining Trump's campaign as a foreign policy adviser. During his time with Merrill Lynch, Page advised transactions for two major Russian entities. Page has called Washington "hypocritical" for focusing on corruption and democratization in addressing U.S. relations with Russia. While Page is someone Trump camp has seemingly tried to distance itself from, Page recently said he has made frequent visits to Trump Tower.

J.D. Gordon

Before Gordon joined the Trump campaign as a national security adviser in March 2016, he served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005 through 2009. Like others involved in Trump-Russia allegations, Gordon met with ambassador Kislyak in July at the Republican National Convention, but has since denied any wrongdoing in their conversation. He advocated for and worked to revise the RNC language on and position toward Ukraine relations, so it was more friendly toward Russia's dealings in the country.

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Earlier this week, members of two watchdog groups asked for a preliminary investigation into the possibility that Nunes violated House ethics rules. Both Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wrote a letter to Office of Congressional Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings and co-chair David Skaggs about Nunes' public announcement that President Trump or his aides may have been 'incidentally' surveilled by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The California Republican, who was also a member of Trump's transition team, received immediate backlash for his decision to release the information without consulting head Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee and for protecting the source he met at the White House to obtain the information.

SEE ALSO: Congressional ethics office asked to investigate possible violation by Nunes

Nunes did apologize to members of his own House intelligence Committee for not consulting with them before releasing the information, but Democrats and a growing number of Republicans are nonetheless calling for him to recuse himself from looking further into Russian activities, according to NBC News.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham last week said that Nunes has "put his objectivity in question" and "lost his ability to lead."

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell said, "It's time for Devin Nunes to leave this investigation, let alone lead it. He should be gone."

"This is what a cover-up to a crime looks like, we're watching it play out right now," Swalwell added.

** Polls conducted by AOL.com do not use scientific sampling. Surveys sample thousands of users and consistently reflect results to polls administered by other outlets.

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