In Recordings, Nunes Says Rosenstein Impeachment Would Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation

Clay Curtis
August 11, 2018

Most Senate Republicans have been equally quiescent, doing very little as they observe the President's constant barrage against the "witch hunt" and outlandish moments such as deciding to go after United States intelligence agencies while standing next to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

More than the President's Twitter distractions and more than the conservative news media, it has been the Republicans in the House and Senate who have been vital to the survival of this presidency. The same things Trump has been accused of. "It's also critical that the American people are able to trust the Department of Justice, our nation's top law enforcement agency".

On Wednesday, MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" shared leaked audio of Nunes addressing attendees at a private fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the chair of the House Republican conference. If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones. That's why I keep, and thank you for saying it by the way. We have to keep the majority. We have to keep the majority.

So therein lies what's like your classic Catch-22 situation where we're at a - it puts us in such a tough spot. Maddow said it was provided to her by the progressive group Fuse Washington, which bought a ticket to the fundraising event.

"The corruption in Washington is rampant, and Nunes is at the heart of it".

The remarks drew immediate rebuke from Democrats.

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.

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Others observed that the lawmaker's actions over the past year made his comments unsurprising.

I will say there are broader questions within the House Republicans' caucus as well.

"I've said repeatedly that I support the independent investigation into allegations about Russian involvement in the 2016 election". He has denied wrongdoing. The duty of Congress is to be a check and balance on the Executive Branch, and to pursue the facts wherever they may lead.

Why is Devin Nunes in the news right now?

Nunes and other Republicans have been crucial to helping the President in other ways as well.

In it, Nunes discusses how House Republicans still want to impeach Rosenstein-despite assurances from the leadership that that wasn't a priority- but are only waiting to do so until after the Senate confirms Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh. 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.

Rubin noted that the tape is embarrassing not just for the party but specifically for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), "who has left an un-serious irresponsible person in Devin Nunes in a very important job as head of the House Intelligence Committee".

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