Recording of Devin Nunes at private McMorris Rodgers fundraiser makes national headlines

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2018

Republicans' bulwark around President Donald Trump could be imperiled this fall, Rep. Devin Nunes appeared to warn in a secretly recorded audio tape, if Democrats are able to seize control of the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections.

A spokesman for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes fired back Thursday at reports playing up a "secret tape" revealing his warning to donors that a GOP majority in Congress may be necessary to protect President Trump.

Nunes made the comment at a fundraiser for House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, according leaked audio obtained by NBC and played on the Rachel Maddow Show.

Nunes also told the guests that Republicans are the safeguard against Trump being impeached.

"Like sometimes you love the president's tweets, sometimes we cringe on the president's tweets", he said, attempting to discredit Mueller's purported examination of Trump's inflammatory posts as part of his inquiry into possible obstruction of justice. That's why I keep-thank you for saying that, by the way-we have to keep all these, we have to keep the majority.

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. "I'm glad Chairman Nunes talked about them". "They exercise no responsibility, it is always about the party, always about protecting the president, never about doing their constitutional obligation". "The duty of Congress is to be a check and balance on the Executive Branch, and to pursue the facts wherever they may lead. Devin Nunes should resign for perverting the oath he took".

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

Ryan said in July, "if this were to pass through the House, then what it would do is tie the Senate into knots ... The question is the timing of it right before the election". We have to keep the majority.

"Do I support impeachment of Rosenstein?"

"Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?" he added.

Just days before Nunes' closed-door remarks in Washington state, a group of conservative lawmakers introduced a resolution calling for Rosenstein's impeachment, though they stopped short of forcing a vote on the matter. "I don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues. The question is the timing of it right before the election".

"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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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