Nunes Gets Democratic Challenger

County prosecutor Andrew Janz criticizes Intelligence Committee chairman’s attempts to defend Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stepped aside from the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California received a Democratic challenger on Tuesday.

Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Janz criticized Nunes’ handling of the investigation of links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia to the Los Angeles Times.

“The congressman is more concerned with defending himself, defending the president, Donald Trump, against all these allegations,” Janz said.

“I have a strong connection to the area. I think I can be a competitive candidate, I think I have a pull here on what people think is important,” Janz said.

Janz will have a tough race ahead of him. Nunes beat his Democratic opponent in 2016 with 67.6 percent of the vote. 

But criticism that he could not lead a nonpartisan investigation given his closeness to the Trump administration forced Nunes to step aside from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

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