Nunes Caught On Tape Admitting Trump May Have Committed a Crime, And Republicans Are The ‘Only Force’ Stopping Impeachment
Leaked audio obtained by MSNBC of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaking at a Republican dinner fundraiser, shows the congressman saying that Republicans could be the only force stopping President Donald Trump from being impeached.
In the audio, Nunes also admitted that if a candidate exploited stolen emails that were given to them by a foreign government, “then that’s criminal.” The comment is an implicit admission that President Trump committed a crime when he used the stolen Clinton emails as a campaign weapon.
The audio, obtained exclusively by MSNBC, is of Nunes talking at a dinner event in Spokane, Washington, on July 30. He is asked by an audience member about the effort to impeach Rosenstein, which was only publicly supported by a small group of Republicans.
Nunes, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, seems to explain the main reason Congress hasn’t taken up the issue is due to timing and the upcoming midterm elections.
“It’s a bit complicated,” he told the audience member. “We only have so many months left.”
Nunes suggested that Republicans would more aggressively pursue impeaching Rod Rosenstein, but if they did, “the Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing, and then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed… it’s a matter of time.”
Later, he talks about the midterms and the sincere need to keep a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, something Democrats are hoping to clinch. Nunes details one big reason Republicans are needed: to protect Trump.
“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. “That’s why I keep, and thank you for saying it by the way, I mean we have to keep all these seats.”
At another point, Nunes suggests that Republicans would more aggressively pursue impeaching Rod Rosenstein, but if they did, "the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing, and then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed… it's a matter of time." pic.twitter.com/74s2iK6wK9
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation, thus putting Rosenstein in charge.
Mueller’s team and Trump’s lawyers have been negotiating an interview for months. Investigators are reportedly hoping to ask the president questions about possible obstruction of justice when Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who at the time was leading the Russia investigation.