Recording of Devin Nunes at private McMorris Rodgers fundraiser makes national headlines

An aerial view of a compound in rural New Mexico where 11 children were taken into protective custody for their own health and safety after a raid by authorities is shown in this

An aerial view of a compound in rural New Mexico where 11 children were taken into protective custody for their own health and safety after a raid by authorities is shown in this

Devin Nunes was secretly recorded telling supporters that the Republicans have to keep control of the House to protect President Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to a report.

REP. NUNES (R-CA): "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".

Asked about the the impeachment plans, Nunes told a questioner that "it's a bit complicated" because "we only have so many months left".

"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.

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

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

Later, he talks about the midterms and the honest need to keep a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, something Democrats are hoping to clinch.

Newly released audio footage, obtained exclusively by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, shows the chairman of the Republican House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes explaining Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has not already been impeached because it would jeopardize the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

As Kasie Hunt noted how the tape raises questions about whether the GOP as a whole will protect Trump "at all costs", Scarborough compared the House Intelligence Committee chairman and members of the House Freedom Caucus to the "useful idiots" who would apologize for America during the Cold War. Okay, now we have a problem, right? "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing". "Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal".

"Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?" "The question is the timing of it right before the election".

Fuse, an organizing group that has protested the policies of Trump as well as McMorris Rodgers said they paid the $250 to the campaign that was needed to get in the door of the event.

It is clear that he intends to undermine the investigation because he lists keeping control of the House as an alternative to Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who is recused from the investigation and all related matters on the advice of ethics experts - taking control of the probe or to Mueller finding the president to be innocent. He added, "so it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein".

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