Recording of Devin Nunes at private McMorris Rodgers fundraiser makes national headlines

The Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is anxious about the November midterm elections. If Trump wants the House Republicans to do this dirty work for him through impeachment, as explained, that can't happen until Kavanaugh is confirmed, for the reasons Nunes gave.

But Nunes said that resistance to Rosenstein's impeachment was mostly about scheduling.

Nunes said he thinks Rosenstein "deserves to be impeached", but noted that "the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein". "Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?" Those priorities include pushing Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, through Senate confirmation, and potentially making another run at impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Nunes went so far as to say that "If [AG] Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones [who can protect Trump]".

Nunes, an ally of Trump's who helped on the president's transition team, recused himself from presiding over the investigation after questions arose regarding his handling of classified information.

In private, at a closed-door fundraiser for colleague U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee took the new step of tying the Trump-Russia investigation to the midterm elections this fall.

"I mean, we have to keep all these seats. We do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".

The remarks appear to be a blunt assessment from Nunes, a top Trump ally in Congress who Democrats accuse of trying to help the White House with the Russian Federation probe, that Republicans must keep their House majority in the midterm elections to shield Trump from the special counsel investigation.

The "exclusive" recalled Maddow's infamous March 2017 dud, when she announced that she had found Trump's tax returns, then spent the first 20 minutes of her show talking before revealing a ax return showing Trump had paid a large amount of federal taxes.

"The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is supposed to be an impartial investigator who follows the facts wherever they may lead", said cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller on Twitter in response to the recording. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery.

The audio was recorded by a member of the progressive group "Fuse Washington", and played on MSNBC Wednesday. "It's a matter of timing".

"Do I support impeachment of Rosenstein?"

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. So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein.

  • Santos West