MSNBC host Rachel Maddow obtained a tape of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) at a private fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers
In the first clip, Nunes confesses that he’s often embarrassed by Trump, particularly his tweets.
“Sometimes we cringe on the president’s tweets,” Nunes said at the event.
In the second clip, Nunes is heard saying that if there was someone that was an American citizen or a political campaign got secrets from a foreign government, “it would be a very bad thing.” He described a scenario where Rodgers may have scored stolen emails that she chose to release.
“Well, if that’s the case, then that’s criminal,” he said.
“With federal prosecutors now claiming in a federal indictment Wikileaks and D.C. Leaks and Guccifer 2.0 were the means by which stolen e-mails were disseminated during the presidential election and lots of still accruing evidence people associated with the Trump campaign and the president’s family and the president himself helped in that dissemination during the campaign, it cannot help that the lead opponent of the Russia investigation privately concedes when he thinks nobody is recording him that sort of activity, if proven, that would definitely be criminal,” Maddow explained.
This after Nunes has spent over a year being “acrobatic in his contortion in making the Russia scandal go away,” Maddow said.
In response to a question from the audience about deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, Rodgers interjects and says that there is a plan in place from the Republicans to impeach Rosenstein.
“It’s a bit complicated, right?” Nunes is heard saying. “I say that because you have to we only have so many months left, right. So if we actually vote to impeach, okay, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up. Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time. Do you want it to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?”
He goes on to say Rosenstein deserves to be impeached.
“I don’t think you will get any argument from most of our colleagues. The question is the timing of it right before the election,” he continued.
Getting rid of Rosenstein is how Congressional Republicans can stop the Mueller investigation.
The final segment Maddow pulled from the tape was about how Nunes views his role in Congress and keeping the majority in Congress.
“So therein lies, so it’s like your classic catch-22 situation, where we were at a — this puts us in such a tough spot,” Nunes says. “If [Jeff] Sessions won’t unrecuse, Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger. That’s why I keep — thank you for saying that, by the way — we have to keep all these, we have to keep the majority. We do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”
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He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
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At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."