Texas congressman who compared Mexican singers in Nevada to Russian hacking taking over for Nunes

The Texas congressman taking over the House probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election once compared Mexican entertainers getting out the vote in Nevada to foreign hacking.

Harry Reid and the Democrats brought in Mexican soap opera stars, singers and entertainers who had immense influence in those communities into Las Vegas, to entertain, get out the vote and so forth,” Rep. Michael Conaway told The Dallas Morning News earlier this year. “Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don’t hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that.”

Conaway is now taking over from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, who recused himself this week from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

When asked by the Dallas newspaper in January if he put those Nevada GOTV efforts on par with Russian hacking, Conaway said, “Sure it is, it’s foreign influence. If we’re worried about foreign influence, let’s have the whole story.”

Conaway went on to talk about how Hillary Clinton had won Nevada and the Democrats swept other offices, too. "It worked really well in Nevada, as you see,” Conaway said. “Those folks are monster in the Hispanic community. They hold great sway.”

At the time, newly elected Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto tweeted that Conaway's comments were ludicrous.