Politics Devin Nunes is still reviewing intelligence on Russia after recusing himself

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"He recused himself, so he can set those limits."

Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. play

Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is reportedly continuing to review intelligence on Russia, despite recusing himself from the House Intelligence Committee's investigation on the subject.

According to sources on the committee cited in a CNN report published Thursday, Nunes was said to have taken a trip to the CIA this week to review the intelligence.

"He recused himself, so he can set those limits," Democrat Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois said after being asked whether he was concerned about Nunes' actions.

"I don't talk about intelligence," Nunes said on Thursday after being asked why he was still involving himself in the inquiry, according to CNN.

As the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes still has duties that require him to review classified intelligence, a senior House Republican aide told CNN.

Critics said Nunes, who was a member of President Donald Trump's transition team, complicated the investigation into possible ties between Russia and Trump insiders after making an unexpected trip to the White House in March.

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Nunes was scorned by Republicans and Democrats after bypassing his own committee and briefing the Trump administration on classified details that Trump later said "somewhat vindicated" his unproven claims that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign.

"I have not seen anything like it, and it's very disturbing," Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a March interview on NBC.

Nunes stoked further criticism after canceling an open intelligence committee hearing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

In April, Nunes recused himself from the Russia investigation.