In Recordings, Nunes Says Rosenstein Impeachment Would Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation

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The top Republican was caught on record by a member of the "Fuse Washington" progressive group, furtively making the remarks during a closed-door fundraiser for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on July 30 in Spokane, Washington.

The fundraiser, which featured Nunes as the headliner, was closed to the press.

Nunes' comments on the timing of an impeachment fight echo what House Speaker Paul Ryan, who does not support the impeachment push, has publicly said.

"I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached", Nunes said in the recording. That's why I keep-thank you for saying that, by the way-we have to keep all these, we have to keep the majority. "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", said Nunes, R-Calif. We have to keep the majority.

Nunes announced a year ago that he would step aside from his own committee's investigation into Russian interference after the House Ethics Committee said it was examining allegations that he "may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information".

In a newly released recording of Rep. Devin Nunes at a recent GOP fundraiser, the California Republican made explicit what many have long suspected regarding his actions toward special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe: He views his main task not as getting to the truth or fighting for justice but as protecting President Donald Trump.

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On the tape, Nunes, R-Calif., suggests congressional Republicans must prevail in the midterms to protect Trump from the consequences of the Russian Federation meddling probe. "But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails, and she made a decision to release those".

It is clear that he intends to undermine the investigation because he lists keeping control of the House as an alternative to Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who is recused from the investigation and all related matters on the advice of ethics experts - taking control of the probe or to Mueller finding the president to be innocent. Okay, now we have a problem, right?

In another snippet, Nunes, one of Rosenstein's most vocal critics, also pointed out the impeachment process was "a bit complicated" because the Senate would have to deal with the fallout. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", he said. "Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal".

"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said.

"So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. That means it would derail or largely delay a big part of our agenda ... and it would clearly dramatically delay the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to go to the Supreme Court", he said.

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