Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Leaked recording: Nunes says Rosenstein impeachment would delay Supreme Court pick

Leaked recording: Nunes says Rosenstein impeachment would delay Supreme Court pick

The Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is anxious about the November midterm elections.

He also said that impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - which he favors, in theory - would delay the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

When questioned about why Rosenstein has not already been impeached, Nunes said "it's a bit complicated" because "we only have so many months left".

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Nunes said he thinks Rosenstein "deserves to be impeached", but noted that "the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein". "Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time".

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appears to have moved from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Donald Trump.

"Sessions won't un-recuse, and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones", Nunes said, according to the audio, which first aired publicly on MSNBC Wednesday night.

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In other words, he believes the president will be in real danger if Republicans lose control of Congress next year, which would mean Nunes would lose control of the House Intelligence Committee that he chairs.

"We have to keep all those seats". "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", said Nunes, R-Calif. On those tapes, Nunes, who didn't know he was being recorded, can be heard at a private function explaining that Congress - particularly the House Freedom Caucus - has been all bark and no bite on Rosenstein impeachment proceedings because it would distract Congress from bigger issues. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery.

Maddow said on Wednesday that the audio, which MSNBC described as a "secret audio recording", was obtained by a progressive group called Fuse Washington after one of its members paid to attend a private fundraiser held last week for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of House GOP leadership.

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REP. NUNES (R-CA): "They know it's ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice". Since Jeff Sessions is recused on the matter of the Russian Federation probe, the responsibility of deciding whether or not to fire Mueller, if Trump were to ask for this, falls to Rosenstein. But, for House Republicans, you see a real, I think, conflict between their role as balancing out the executive branch - they are in charge of a separate and equal branch of government - vs. supporting a president whose policy goals they think they can help. "It's a matter of timing".

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