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Ryan supports Nunes' decision to step away from investigation

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker Paul Ryan says Texas Republican Mike Conaway will take over the House investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election.

Ryan says an ethics complaint filed against Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California by government watchdog groups would be a "distraction" and that Nunes should no longer lead the probe.

Nunes has come under intense criticism for meeting secretly with White House officials to view intelligence regarding Trump associates.

Ryan says he is confident that Conaway "will oversee a professional investigation into Russia's actions and follow the facts wherever they lead."