In Recordings, Nunes Says Rosenstein Impeachment Would Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation

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So if we actually vote to impeach, okay, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up.

That was just some of what House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes said in audio recorded at a private July 30 fundraiser in Spokane, Wash., and aired in part on the Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night (listen to clips here).

Speaking on the topic of the probe, Nunes said in the recording: "If Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones - which is really the danger".

A secret recording of a conversation during a Spokane fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is making national headlines for comments Rep. Devin Nunes made about the federal attorney overseeing the probe into Russian ties in the 2016 election. 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.

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.

The recording was released by MSNBC, which said it received it from a person associated with Fuse Washington, a progressive group based in Seattle.

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Interestingly, while Nunes has lobbied for the Russian Federation investigation to end, at the fundraiser he said getting stolen emails for use in a campaign would be a crime. -Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) In the series of recordings, as Maddow lays out in detail, Nunes also admits that a USA politician running for office who accepts and then releases, "let's say", the stolen emails from a foreign entity, that would be "criminal" activity. But, basically, what they're saying here is this is a media invention against Mr. Nunes.

Nunes has repeatedly called for the Mueller investigation to come to an end and has criticized FBI officials for not quickly complying with document requests about how the investigation began.

Nunes, who has been among the most vocal critics of Rosenstein and the Department of Justice (DOJ), reasoned to supporters that the impeachment process was "a bit complicated" because the Senate would have to deal with much of the fallout.

"Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time", he added.

I will say there are broader questions within the House Republicans' caucus as well.

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