Republicans Only Force Stopping Trump Impeachment, Nunes Says

Republicans Only Force Stopping Trump Impeachment, Nunes Says

"Now if somebody thinks that my campaign or Cathy's campaign is colluding with the Chinese, or you name the country, hey, could happen, it would be a very bad thing if Cathy was getting secrets from the Portuguese, let's say, just because I'm Portuguese, my family was", Nunes said, using McMorris Rodgers as an example in his hypothetical.

A portion of the recording aired on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" today. And in that effort, retaining control of Congress is key: "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", he's heard saying on the tape, which was secretly recorded by a member of the progressive group Fuse Washington who'd paid $250 to attend the event.

Devin Nunes was secretly recorded telling supporters that the Republicans have to keep control of the House to protect President Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to a report.

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.

A spokesman for Mr Nunes responded angrily saying: "It's unsurprising to see the left-wing media spin Chairman Nunes' routine observations as some nefarious plot".

The Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is anxious about the November midterm elections. That's because they need to shape the long-term future of the judiciary and secure the House and Senate in 2018 before they take down the deep state, according to Nunes at least.

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Ryan said in July, "if this were to pass through the House, then what it would do is tie the Senate into knots ... The question is the timing of it right before the election".

"If [Jeff] Sessions won't unrecuse, Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger".

"Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?" Either way, he said, such a power move would have to wait until after Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate.

"Do I support impeachment of Rosenstein?"

But it was in private, at a closed-door fundraiser for a Republican colleague, that Nunes took the new step of tying the investigation to the midterm elections this fall. "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing", he added.

The California 22nd Congressional District congressman was apparently pitching himself and the Republican Party at large as a buffer for Trump, who, among several members of his election campaign, is a subject in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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