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 NunesEx-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances Nunes warns of the 'straw police' in California Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority MORE, accusing the California Republican of "doing the work of the White House."

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP The real reason Nancy Pelosi has backed away from impeachment 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 TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: 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 BannonFilmmaker behind Bannon doc says the movie a 'damning portrayal' Avoiding the tragedy of Brexit Bannon predicts 2019 will be 'most vitriolic year' in US politics 'since before the Civil War' 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.