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Secret recording highlights Nunes' concern with protecting Trump in Russian Federation probe

Secret recording highlights Nunes' concern with protecting Trump in Russian Federation probe

Nunes allegedly made the comments, which touch on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, at a private fundraiser last month for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

In the 40-minute recording, Nunes gives his candid thoughts on a variety of issues, from the Mueller investigation and the president's tweets, to why he thinks efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be tabled until after the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. At one point, you could hear Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers chiming in.

A portion of the recording aired on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" today.

Asked about the the impeachment plans, Nunes told a questioner that "it's a bit complicated" because "we only have so many months left".

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. The Washington Post interprets the comments as an apparent shift "from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Trump".

Devin Nunes was secretly recorded telling supporters that the Republicans have to keep control of the House to protect President Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to a report.

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"The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is supposed to be an impartial investigator who follows the facts wherever they may lead", said cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller on Twitter in response to the recording.

REP. NUNES (R-CA): "They know it's ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice".

"The corruption in Washington is rampant, and Nunes is at the heart of it".

He went on to say he supports Rosenstein's impeachment but "the question is the timing of it right before the election". "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing", he added. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", he said.

"You have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time".