Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Leaked recording: Nunes speaks at Rep. McMorris Rodgers fundraiser

Leaked recording: Nunes speaks at Rep. McMorris Rodgers fundraiser

"If (Attorney General Jeff) Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones", Nunes said.

U.S. Representative Chris Collins, a Republican ally of President Donald Trump who has been charged with taking part in an insider trading scheme, said on Saturday he was suspending his campaign for re-election to Congress. "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.

Nunes, who has been criticized for not being accessible to his own constituents, made himself available to the constituents of Washington State's Congressional District 5 July 30 during a private fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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Fuse Washington shared with KREM 2, 43 minutes of audio recording with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC exclusively.

Rep. Ted Lieu, also of California, called on Nunes to resign, saying his comments ran counter to the oath of office he had taken upon entering Congress.

Nunes has been a vocal supporter of Trump, and his oversight of the House Intel Committee's own Russian Federation probe was widely seen as a counter-investigation to Mueller's inquiry - largely because of Nunes' belief that some prosecutors on Mueller's team were politically biased against the president. Nunes worries that getting the ball rolling on a Rosenstein impeachment in the present would preoccupy the Senate and prevent them from tackling the most important task in front of them: confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. "The question is the timing of it right before the election", said Nunes in the recording.

Nunes' remarks came days after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) rejected plans by the Republican conservatives, Reps. "After all", tweeted University of Texas Law School professor Steve Vladeck, "this has been the only explanation - for quite some time - for his ridiculous behavior on everything from the unmasking scandal" to the "Rosenstein impeachment".

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Devin Nunes has been one of the President's most ardent defenders, and has even bent the rules to keep Trump one step ahead of the investigations.

Nunes, quite candidly admits, "It's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein... it's a matter of timing". We have to keep the majority.

"I've said repeatedly that I support the independent investigation into allegations about Russian involvement in the 2016 election".

If you believe Trump and his campaign staff may be guilty of the crimes suspected of him - which Nunes apparently does! - let the congressman's secret thoughts be an imperative to us to not vote for Republican candidates in the upcoming election. "So, I think it was the best decision given the circumstances, and I wish him and his family the best".

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