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

In private, at a closed-door fundraiser for colleague U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee took the new step of tying the Trump-Russia investigation to the midterm elections this fall. "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".

Those comments were made by California Congressman Devin Nunes who heads the House Intelligence Committee.

"If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones. That's why I keep - and thank you for saying it, by the way - I mean, we have to keep all these seats".

If collusion is proved Trump could potentially face impeachment.

During a meeting with donors last month, Rep. Devin Nunes made clear, among other things, the importance of retaining a GOP-lead Congress in the midterm elections.

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.

The three clips Maddow shared included Nunes talking about how President Trump's tweets make him cringe, how it would be criminal if a hypothetical country gave Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers stolen email, and impeachment.

Rosenstein, who has overseen the special counsel investigation after Sessions recused himself from the probe, has faced harsh criticism from House conservatives who have accused the Justice Department of withholding key information from Congress and stonewalling congressional subpoenas.

Nunes, along with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein last week.

Iran's envoy at the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said in an report published by The Guardian that the USA is making history not just by violating a United Nations Security Council resolution it voted for three years ago, but also by penalizing countries who stick to the same unanimous resolution, according to Khoshroo. "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing". Since Jeff Sessions is recused on the matter of the Russian Federation probe, the responsibility of deciding whether or not to fire Mueller, if Trump were to ask for this, falls to 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. "That means it would derail or largely delay a big part of our agenda ... and it would clearly dramatically delay the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to go to the Supreme Court", he said.

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