Schiff: Nunes ‘doing the work of the White House’

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday evening blasted the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesPelosi sees defections from an unusual quarter — the left Jim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms Police close Nunes district office as protesters rally outside MORE, accusing the California Republican of "doing the work of the White House."

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffInternet security leader: Hackers are 'trying to undermine very process of democracy' Republicans and Democrats alike face troubling signals from voters Schiff blasts GOP for Russia probe conduct: 'That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one' MORE (D-Calif.) went after Nunes and a group of House Republicans on MSNBC over a report earlier this week that revealed a number of GOP lawmakers have been meeting for weeks to investigate the FBI's handling of a dossier containing unverified claims about President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE's ties to Russia.

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"It's more of the same problem we saw early in the investigation, when the chairman had difficulty removing himself from his role during the campaign of being a proxy for the White House," Schiff said.

Nunes recused himself from the Intelligence panel's Russia probe earlier this year over his contacts with the White House.

Schiff tore into Nunes and other GOP lawmakers on Thursday, saying Republicans were wrong to cast doubt on the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators looking into Trump campaign associates' ties to Russia.

"And here I think, again, we are seeing some on our committee, including the chair, doing the work of the White House, doing the work of Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Internet security expert: 'I don’t think it’s right to say’ tech giants are politically biased UK's Boris Johnson gives reporters tea while avoiding questions about anti-burqa comments MORE," Schiff continued, referring to Trump's former White House chief strategist.

Schiff said members of the Intel panel are "supposed to be investigating Russia, as well as the connections between Russia's active measures campaign and Trump officials."

The California Democrat slammed Republicans on Wednesday after Politico reported that GOP lawmakers had been meeting for "weeks" to determine whether the FBI handled the dossier claims improperly. In a statement, Schiff condemned the lawmakers for inflicting "long-term damage" on the nation's law enforcement bodies.