Nunes secretly recorded at fundraiser: We have to protect Trump from Mueller

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"If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones", Nunes says.

In other words, he believes the president will be in real danger if Republicans lose control of Congress next year, which would mean Nunes would lose control of the House Intelligence Committee that he chairs. The new party game that everyone is playing The Hill's Morning Report - Election Day drama for Trump Ex-Watergate lawyer: GOP effort to impeach Rosenstein could make Trump impeachment easier MORE would pose a political dilemma because it would delay the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to audio obtained by MSNBC.

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.

"We have to keep all those seats".

"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", he said on the recording. "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".

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.

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MSNBC said it received the "secret audio recording" from a left-wing group called Fuse Washington.

Ted Lieu tweeted "Under our Constitution, the duty of Congress is not to clear the President".

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.

In a newly released recording of Rep. Devin Nunes at a recent GOP fundraiser, the California Republican made explicit what many have long suspected regarding his actions toward special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe: He views his main task not as getting to the truth or fighting for justice but as protecting President Donald Trump. So that's part of why, I don't think you have, you're not getting from, and I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. "Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time".

Nunes' remarks came days after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) rejected plans by the Republican conservatives, Reps.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign. "But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails, and she made a decision to release those. Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal". "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing", he added.