Leaked recording: Nunes says Rosenstein impeachment would delay Supreme Court pick

Secret recording reveals why Rosenstein hasn’t been impeached – and when he will be

Gen. Jeff Sessions and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel heading the investigation into Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. The group also released a recording of comments the congresswoman made introducing Nunes to the crowd, in which she took swipes at her Democratic opponent for Eastern Washington's seat in Congress, Lisa Brown, and praised Trump's record on job creation.

During the fundraiser, Nunes also said conservative Republicans chose 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.

The recording was obtained and aired by "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC on Wednesday night.

The recording was captured by an operative who paid for entry to the fundraiser for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane, Washington.

Nunes also noted that while he supports impeaching Rosenstein, he knows it would be unpopular, and can't do that until after the election: "I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached... the question is the timing of it right before the election".

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.

He continued: "Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?" 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.

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Members of McMorris Rodgers' team told KREM 2 that there were no conversations at the private fundraiser of impeachment plans, but rather they were speaking to the process of impeachment.

A recording of a fundraising event with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) reveals why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hasn't yet been impeached despite so many Republicans calling for the action - and what they're waiting for.

"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said. If so, that's leaves roughly a month of time before elections for Nunes and Friends to renew Rosenstein impeachment efforts.

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. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed".

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

"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.

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