Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJ

The move will likely inflame tensions on Capitol Hill.

That deal would have given a Russia-backed company control of a company with interests in the U.S. uranium industry

"You look like a guy who knows how to read, so I’d … go back and read the statement that I said at the time," said.

While he did not recuse himself, Nunes said he would separate himself from the investigation in light of an ethics complaint charging him with making improper disclosures.

Nunes' announcement Tuesday caught Democrats on the committee by surprise, as they were in the middle of a closed-door interview with Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Democrats have criticized both probes, accusing Republicans of distracting from oversight of the Trump administration and the ongoing Russia investigations.

"These investigations were initiated on a partisan basis, and will shed no light on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, but then again they are not intended to do so,' Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.