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. That was just some of what House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes said in audio recorded at a private July 30 fundraiser in Spokane, Wash., and aired in part on the Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night (listen to clips here).
The Mueller investigation is now looking at the extent of Russian intervention in the 2016 US Presidential election, and whether there was any collusion from the Trump campaign.
"I mean, we have to keep all these seats", Nunes added.
During his interview with Castro, Schiff fiercely criticized House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRecording reveals Nunes saying Rosenstein impeachment would complicate Kavanaugh confirmation Nunes suggested at private fundraiser that GOP majority is needed to protect Trump Trump picks fight with California over wildfires MORE (R-Calif.) and other GOP lawmakers on the panel for their conduct during their yearlong Russian Federation probe that became defined by bitter infighting. "Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time".More news: Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem
Nunes concludes by saying Republicans need to keep their majority in Congress to protect the president.
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He went on to say he supports Rosenstein's impeachment but "the question is the timing of it right before the election".More news: God Of War’s Massive New Game Plus Mode Is Coming This Month
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has said he opposes the effort to impeach Rosenstein, but the party's most conservative members in the House have indicated they will push the issue again as soon as September. We have to keep the majority.
"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said. "I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or term".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign.
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"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", he said, explaining that it could take away from other priorities of Congress. "Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal".
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