"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", he said on the recording. The same things Trump has been accused of.
The audio was recorded by a member of the progressive group Fuse Washington, which paid to attend the event and provided the audio to MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
As Kasie Hunt noted how the tape raises questions about whether the GOP as a whole will protect Trump "at all costs", Scarborough compared the House Intelligence Committee chairman and members of the House Freedom Caucus to the "useful idiots" who would apologize for America during the Cold War.
So that's part of why, I don't think you have, you're not getting from, and I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached.
But it was in private, at a closed-door fundraiser for a Republican colleague, that Nunes took the new step of tying the investigation to the midterm elections this fall.
Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTrump picks fight with California over wildfires Republicans happy to let Treasury pursue 0 billion tax cut Trump weighs big tax cut for rich: report MORE (R-Calif.) told supporters at a recent fundraiser that impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinTreason! "Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time". "It's a matter of timing".
Speaking on the topic of the probe, Nunes said in the recording: "If Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones - which is really the danger".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign. "But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails, and she made a decision to release those". Okay, now we have a problem, right? "Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal". The indictment further described how the Russians delivered the cache of hacked emails to WikiLeaks, the online organization led by Julian Assange.
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.