Recording reveals Nunes saying Rosenstein impeachment would complicate Kavanaugh confirmation

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The audio, obtained exclusively by MSNBC, is of Nunes talking at a private fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane, Washington, on July 30.

Conservatives who want to impeach Rosenstein accuse him of improperly handling the Russian Federation investigation and not complying with Congressional requests.

Leaked audio of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaking at a Republican dinner fundraiser made public Thursday evening shows the Congressman addressing why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hasn't been impeached and saying that Republicans could be the only force stopping President Donald Trump from being impeached.

Nunes announced past year that he would step aside from his own committee's investigation into Russian interference after the House Ethics Committee said it was examining allegations that he "may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information".

"If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".

It seems Nunes is anxious about whether Republicans would be able to make up the majority in the upcoming November elections and the fact that the GOP is the only thing stopping the removal of Donald Trump as president.

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

McMorris Rodgers can be heard briefly interjecting into Nunes' discussion of potential impeachment proceedings, but hasn't said publicly that she would support removing Rosenstein.

Rosenstein, who has overseen the special counsel investigation after Sessions recused himself from the probe, has faced harsh criticism from House conservatives who have accused the Justice Department of withholding key information from Congress and stonewalling congressional subpoenas.

But Nunes said that resistance to Rosenstein's impeachment was mostly about scheduling. If so, that's leaves roughly a month of time before elections for Nunes and Friends to renew Rosenstein impeachment efforts.

"The Senate would have to drop everything they're doing. and start with impeachment on Rosenstein", he continued. "But if they tell a lie often enough and they put it out there and they say, 'Oh, we're looking at the tweets, ' cause you know you've got a mixed bag on the tweets, right? It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing", he added. 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.

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