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.

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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.

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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.