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

10 August 2018

"And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", he said.

"If Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger", he said on the recording.

The committee Nunes heads was tasked with investigating whether anyone from the Trump campaign may have collaborated with Russian attempts to influence the election, but its inquiry quickly became mired in partisan disputes.

Newly released audio from a Republican fundraiser features Nunes talking to donors at a gathering in Spokane, Washington, last week, during which Nunes said that "if we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away". They've unearthed some of his crimes, they're looking for more crimes, but you have Devin Nunes bragging about trying to stop the investigation against Putin and Russia's interference in American democracy. "That's why I keep - and thank you for saying it, by the way - I mean, we have to keep all these seats".

Nunes' spokesman called the congressman's comments "sensible ideas", The Hill reported.

The fundraiser, which featured Nunes as the headliner, was closed to the press.

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Schiff said the relations between Republicans and Democrats on the committee deteriorated after Nunes secretly visited the White House grounds just one day before announcing incidental surveillance of President Trump's transition team.

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Nunes can also be heard on the recording arguing that any effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could interfere with the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

But Nunes said that resistance to Rosenstein's impeachment was mostly about scheduling.

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". "I don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues". "Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time".

"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said. Because somebody stole the emails, gave them to Cathy, Cathy released them. 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.

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