‘A national security leader’: McCarthy announces Intel Committee replacement for Nunes

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced the top Republican on an influential congressional panel.

According to the Daily Caller, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) will serve as his party’s top member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The position has been held by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who has announced his intention to step down from Congress.

“Ardent supporter of truth”

McCarthy made the announcement on Thursday, explaining: “Congressman Turner’s commitment to this country is unwavering. Throughout his long tenure on the Intelligence Committee, Mike established himself as a national security leader and ardent supporter of truth.”

The GOP leader went on to extol Turner’s qualifications, insisting that anyone “committed to the security and safety of this country should be well-assured” that he will serve as a competent leader on the Intelligence panel.

“Mike’s leadership of the committee will continue the great work of Congressman Nunes who has led the committee with integrity,” McCarthy said.

Turner has been on the committee since 2015. He has also served on the House Armed Services Committee and as president of the NATO Assembly. The Ohio Republican tends to embrace hawkish positions, including his opposition to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

“Allow for the free flow of ideas”

As for Nunes, he recently confirmed that he would be the CEO of a new media organization founded by former President Donald Trump.

“Trump Media & Technology Group today announced that Congressman Devin G. Nunes has been selected to join the Company as Chief Executive Officer,” the organization revealed earlier this month. “Mr. Nunes will be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives and will begin his new role as Chief Executive Officer of TMTG in January 2022.”

In a statement of his own, Trump declared that Nunes “is a fighter and a leader” who will serve the new media company well.

Nunes offered some insight into his motivation with a statement at the time, explaining: “The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship.”

While it might be bittersweet for supporters to see Nunes step down from Capitol Hill, Turner appears to be a capable successor to the influential member of the House Intelligence Committee.

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