Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Republicans Only Force Stopping Trump Impeachment, Nunes Says

Republicans Only Force Stopping Trump Impeachment, Nunes Says

The conversations on Morning Joe revolved around the tapes Rachel Maddow obtained last night with audio of Nunes telling fellow Republicans "we're the only ones" who can save Trump from Robert Mueller.

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]".

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.

"We have to keep all those seats". 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.

He added: "We have to keep the majority".

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.

The fundraiser, which featured Nunes as the headliner, was closed to the press. Nunes said at a recent fundraiser that Republicans need to keep control of the House to protect President Donald Trump from the Russian Federation investigation, according to an audio recording released today. But, for House Republicans, you see a real, I think, conflict between their role as balancing out the executive branch - they are in charge of a separate and equal branch of government - vs. supporting a president whose policy goals they think they can help.

During the fundraiser, Nunes also said conservative Republicans made a decision to table the idea of impeaching deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who's overseeing the Mueller probe, because it could endanger the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Either way, he said, such a power move would have to wait until after Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate.

"These are sensible ideas, I'm glad Chairman Nunes talked about them", Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes, said in a statement to The Hill.

"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said. I mean, so, 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".

Rosenstein, who appointed and now supervises Mueller, defended the special counsel investigation when he was brought before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this summer. Because somebody stole the emails, gave them to Cathy, Cathy released them.

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"So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein".

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