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.
A recording of a fundraising event with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) reveals why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hasn't yet been impeached despite so many Republicans calling for the action - and what they're waiting for.
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.
Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes, downplayed the comments in a statement to CNN, saying "it's unsurprising to see the left-wing media spin Chairman Nunes' routine observations as some nefarious plot, since these same media outlets spent the previous year and a half touting non-existent Russian Federation collusion conspiracy". Nunes appeared to say at the meeting that it was important the GOP maintain control in Congress after the November election so that they continue to check on the Russian Federation probe.
A small group of conservatives introduced impeachment documents targeting Rosenstein last month and withdrew them less than 24 hours later.
Nunes told the crowd at the fundraiser that he personally had called for Rosenstein's impeachment, but that it had to be delayed in order to keep the Senate on track with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
"If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".
At one point you can hear the Congresswoman chime in when Nunes was responding to a question from the audience about impeaching Rosenstein. So if we actually vote to impeach, okay, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up.
He continued: "Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"
Nunes' comments on the timing of an impeachment fight echo what House Speaker Paul Ryan, who does not support the impeachment push, has publicly said.
The series of recordings made public by Maddow do not include every question to which Nunes was responding.
"This is all political", Nunes said. He added, "so it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", he said.
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