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. Up until then, he said, the panel's work had largely been done on a bipartisan basis.
It is clear that he intends to undermine the investigation because he lists keeping control of the House as an alternative to Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who is recused from the investigation and all related matters on the advice of ethics experts - taking control of the probe or to Mueller finding the president to be innocent.
Nunes announced previous year that he would step aside from his own committee's investigation into Russian interference after the House Ethics Committee said it was examining allegations that he "may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information". "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", Nunes said. 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.
"I mean, we have to keep all these seats".
In response to what Nunes is heard saying on the tapes, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said the comments should be disqualifying for an elected member of Congress.
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.More news: Red Dead Redemption 2 - Gameplay Video
If the House voted to impeach Rosenstein it would "trigger" the Senate to start the process, Nunes said, which gets in the way of the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. Like sometimes you love the president's tweets, sometimes we cringe on the president's tweets.
A recording of a fundraising event with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) reveals why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hasn't yet been impeached despite so many Republicans calling for the action - and what they're waiting for.
But Nunes said that resistance to Rosenstein's impeachment was mostly about scheduling. "It's a matter of timing".
Nunes also noted that while he supports impeaching Rosenstein, he knows it would be unpopular, and can't do that until after the election: "I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached... the question is the timing of it right before the election".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign. Because somebody stole the emails, gave 'em to Cathy, Cathy released 'em. He added, "so it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein".