Democrats tried to grill Nunes about his committee’s probe while he sat to testify about a bill Wednesday, CNN reported.
He broke up the committee for a recess and later dismissed Nunes before Democrats could ask him any more questions.
A spokeswoman for the Rules Committee told CNN that Democrats knew the plan was for Nunes to deliver an opening statement and then leave to attend to other business, but Democrats pushed back on that report.
“In all my years on the Rules Committee, I don’t ever recall an instance where any member was prevented from asking questions of a witness,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said in a statement to CNN. “What is Chairman Nunes trying to hide?”
“He’s already gone but I think that circumvents our responsibility,” Hastings said. “We are continuously mindful of members’ other responsibilities, but if he had to go vote at Ways and Means, he’s going to get many other opportunities to vote on the same crap that he’s going there to vote on.”
Nunes and the GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee shut down their investigation into Russian meddling in March.
The group asserted that there was no evidence that Russia attempted to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
Leaders in the group’s Senate counterpart found the opposite in May, ruling that the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump win the White House was accurate.