The recording was captured by an operative who paid for entry to the fundraiser for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane, Washington. "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".
The California 22nd Congressional District congressman was apparently pitching himself and the Republican Party at large as a buffer for Trump, who, among several members of his election campaign, is a subject in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
Leaked audio of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaking at a Republican dinner fundraiser made public Thursday evening shows the Congressman addressing why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hasn't been impeached and saying that Republicans could be the only force stopping President Donald Trump from being impeached.
The Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee conducted a yearlong investigation of Russia's election interference.
"I mean, we have to keep all these seats".
"If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones", Nunes says.
If collusion is proved Trump could potentially face impeachment.
It seems Nunes is anxious about whether Republicans would be able to make up the majority in the upcoming November elections and the fact that the GOP is the only thing stopping the removal of Donald Trump as president.
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.
It's also worth noting that Mueller and Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees the investigation, are both Republicans who were highly respected across the board prior to the start of the investigation.
"The Senate would have to drop everything they're doing. and start with impeachment on Rosenstein". Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan introduced a resolution to impeach Rosenstein in an escalation of long-standing tensions.
Nunes also noted that while he supports impeaching Rosenstein, he knows it would be unpopular, and can't do that until after the election: "I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached... the question is the timing of it right before the election". "It's a matter of timing". "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", Nunes added.
"So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. 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.