Utah Rep. Chris Stewart will not replace Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., as the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, despite telling Politico in early December that he was the “best qualified” politician for the role.
Instead, Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, will replace Nunes, who announced in September he was leaving Congress to run former President Donald Trump’s new social media company.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy made the announcement Thursday, calling Turner, who is the most senior Republican on the committee, “a national security leader and ardent supporter of truth.”
Stewart was among several House Republicans vying for the job, according to Politico. In December, the former Air Force pilot told the outlet: “Between my 14 years of military service and seven years on the committee, I strongly believe that I am best qualified for the…