Nunes secretly recorded at fundraiser: We have to protect Trump from Mueller

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Rosenstein was, in fact, appointed to his position by Trump himself.

Nunes was "caught" on tape stating the obvious: that Republicans needed to retain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect President Donald Trump from impeachment.

It was released by the progressive group Fuse Washington and aired on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

REP. NUNES (R-CA): "The Senate would have to start, the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein".

"Now if somebody thinks that my campaign or Cathy's campaign is colluding with the Chinese, or you name the country, hey, could happen, it would be a very bad thing if Cathy was getting secrets from the Portuguese, let's say, just because I'm Portuguese, my family was", Nunes said, using McMorris Rodgers as an example in his hypothetical.

"Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"

Nunes went so far as to say that "If [AG] Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones [who can protect Trump]". "We do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".

Nunes first claimed last April that a whistleblower had provided him with evidence that Obama administration officials improperly unmasked members of Trump's transition team -- information that later turned out to have been provided to him by White House officials.

An impeachment vote, Nunes said, would "tie the Senate into knots".

Could it be that Mueller will get fired immediately after the midterms? Senate Republicans handle this whole matter differently. "It's impossible to predict with certainty how Trump would react, but odds are the President - like any father - would not handle it well".

"At that point, I think the chairman of the committee, Devin Nunes, made the decision that this was too risky to the president, to continue to investigate what Russian Federation did", Schiff told Castro. Trump's cryptic Thursday tweet prompted some to ask, once again, whether Trump was hinting at a Mueller firing.

Nunes has repeatedly called for the Mueller investigation to come to an end and has criticized FBI officials for not quickly complying with document requests about how the investigation began.

Sen. Mitch McConnell has said that he anticipates a Kavanaugh confirmation to happen by October 1, but that remains to be seen.

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".

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