Devin Nunes Talks About Protecting Trump on Leaked Audio

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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.

By virtue of his longevity in Congress, Nunes now chairs the House Intelligence Committee, a plum assignment.

During the fundraiser, Nunes also said conservative Republicans chose to table the idea of impeaching deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who's overseeing the Mueller probe, because it could endanger the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In comments captured in an audio recording aired Wednesday by "The Rachel Maddow Show", Nunes laid out in stark terms the rationale for preserving the GOP majority in Congress. Nunes details one big reason Republicans are needed: to protect Trump.

REP. NUNES (R-CA): "The Senate would have to start, the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein". "Devin Nunes is saying, 'I don't care what [special counsel Robert] Mueller finds, we're supposed to be a block on the Mueller process'".

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

"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.

"They know it's ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice", Nunes said.

While Nunes' team has not responded to the audio leak, McMorris Rodgers' team told KREM 2 that it is another political tactic by Fuse Washington to spread misleading information and lies.

"I mean, we have to keep all these seats".

"I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached", Nunes said in the recording. "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. "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing", he added.

"I wouldn't rule it out, especially if the Republicans at least hold the Senate (if not also the House, though that seems less and less likely)".

Later, he talks about the midterms and the honest need to keep a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, something Democrats are hoping to clinch. "So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", he said on the recording.

Nunes concludes by saying Republicans need to keep their majority in Congress to protect the president.

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