Secret recording highlights Nunes' concern with protecting Trump in Russian Federation probe

Secret recording highlights Nunes' concern with protecting Trump in Russian Federation probe

Nunes was "caught" on tape stating the obvious: that Republicans needed to retain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect President Donald Trump from impeachment. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", Nunes said.

"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", Nunes explained to a questioner on the recording. House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan threw water on the idea when it was introduced before the August recess in Congress by members of the right-leaning House Freedom Caucus, while McMorris Rodgers has said in statements that she supports the Russian investigation but wants to see it come swiftly to a close. In it, Nunes discusses how House Republicans still want to impeach Rosenstein-despite assurances from the leadership that that wasn't a priority- but are only waiting to do so until after the Senate confirms Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans need to keep control of the House to protect President Donald Trump from the Russian Federation investigation, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said at a recent fundraiser, according to an audio recording released today.

"If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones", Nunes says.

In other words, he believes the president will be in real danger if Republicans lose control of Congress next year, which would mean Nunes would lose control of the House Intelligence Committee that he chairs.

Comments made at a private fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane last week are making national headlines Thursday.

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Newly released audio from a Republican fundraiser features Nunes talking to donors at a gathering in Spokane, Washington, last week, during which Nunes said that "if we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".

"We have to keep all those seats".

"We have to keep the majority", he adds. Rep. Ted Lieu, also of California, called on Nunes to resign, saying his comments ran counter to the oath of office he had taken upon entering Congress. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery.

Democratic lawmakers and pundits quickly condemned the remarks, saying they indicated Nunes was attempting to obstruct justice by suggesting Rosenstein's investigation, headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, should be quashed. Firing Rosenstein is also an option, if the impeachment route fails.

Fuse Washington shared with KREM 2, 43 minutes of audio recording with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC exclusively. So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. "It's a matter of timing". "I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or term".

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