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 NunesHeads up, GOP: Elections have consequences Overnight Energy: Trump, California leaders clash over fires | Trump says oil prices should be 'much lower' | Zinke criticizes media coverage | Officials consider new truck pollution rule Trump, California battle over climate and cause of fires MORE, accusing the California Republican of "doing the work of the White House."

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHeads up, GOP: Elections have consequences Top Dems: DOJ position on Whitaker appointment 'fatally flawed' House Dems launching probe into Whitaker's role in company government deemed a 'scam' 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 TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ 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 BannonJudd Gregg: With the midterms over, opportunity knocks Bannon, ex-Trump officials talked Roger Stone, WikiLeaks with Mueller: report The Memo: Trump remark sparks debate over nationalism 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.