Devin Nunes Talks About Protecting Trump on Leaked Audio

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Schiff also suggested that Republicans have refused to publicly release transcripts from the committee's witness interviews because that would help special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation, which is examining ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. That's because they need to shape the long-term future of the judiciary and secure the House and Senate in 2018 before they take down the deep state, according to Nunes at least. "That's why I keep - and thank you for saying it, by the way - I mean, we have to keep all these seats".

Nunes also later talked about the upcoming November midterms and his concerns about keeping the Republican majority in the Senate and the House, all to keep Trump as president.

But Nunes said that resistance to Rosenstein's impeachment was mostly about scheduling.

Leaked audio released on Wednesday night features Nunes talking to donors at a Spokane, Washington, fundraiser last week. "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing". He is asked by an audience member about the effort to impeach Rosenstein, which was only publicly supported by a small group of Republicans.

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 don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues".

"Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time", he added.

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The remarks appear to be a blunt assessment from Nunes, a top Trump ally in Congress who Democrats accuse of trying to help the White House with the Russian Federation probe, that Republicans must keep their House majority in the midterm elections to shield Trump from the special counsel investigation.

In another portion of the recording, Nunes appears to admit that if a candidate received "secret information" like "stolen emails" from a foreign government, and that candidate released them, it would be a criminal act. Okay, now we have a problem, right?

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Finally, Nunes, touted by the president as a "Great American Hero", revealed at the fundraiser that even he sometimes winces at the Trump's online communications.

It is clear that he intends to undermine the investigation because he lists keeping control of the House as an alternative to Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who is recused from the investigation and all related matters on the advice of ethics experts - taking control of the probe or to Mueller finding the president to be innocent.

"This is all political", Nunes said.

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