Leaked recording: Nunes speaks at Rep. McMorris Rodgers fundraiser

Secret recording reveals why Rosenstein hasn’t been impeached – and when he will be

Nunes also later talked about the upcoming November midterms and his concerns about keeping the Republican majority in the Senate and the House, all to keep Trump as president. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", Nunes said.

"The Senate's got this right", Mudd concluded.

Nunes told the crowd at the fundraiser that he personally had called for Rosenstein's impeachment, but that it had to be delayed in order to keep the Senate on track with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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

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

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.

A secret recording of a conversation during a Spokane fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is making national headlines because of comments Rep. Devin Nunes made about the federal attorney overseeing the probe into Russian election meddling, The Spokesman Review reports. Well, when you look at what leaders of the Freedom Caucus are doing, when you look at what Nunes is doing, I think we need to stop saying what they're doing is trying to protect Donald Trump, because what they're actually doing is they're protecting Vladimir Putin and covering up more crimes that the United States military and Intel agencies are digging at right now.

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.

Mr Nunes, a California Republican, also chairs the powerful House Intelligence Committee. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery.

The audio, released by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and recorded at a closed-door California fundraiser, shows Nunes admitting that collusion with a foreign government is a crime before offering a very narrow definition of that crime. "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing". He is asked by an audience member about the effort to impeach Rosenstein, which was only publicly supported by a small group of Republicans.

REP. NUNES (R-CA): "They know it's ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice". He added, "so it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein". "I don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues".

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