The head of a congressional investigation into alleged Russian hacking of the US election has been forced to step down temporarily, delivering a fresh blow to President Trump.

Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman, Devin Nunes, a Trump ally who served on his transition team, has been criticised for his handling of the inquiry, which includes looking into whether members of Mr Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians.

He now faces an ethics investigation over claims that he improperly disclosed classified information.

Mr Nunes’s recusal comes a day after Mr Trump was forced to reshuffle his West Wing team amid growing resentment of Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart executive chairman and chief White House strategist.

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Source: The Sunday Times