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 NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE, accusing the California Republican of "doing the work of the White House."

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Democrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see 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 TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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 says Trump should delay State of the Union until after impeachment trial Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report 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.