Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

In Recordings, Nunes Says Rosenstein Impeachment Would Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation

In Recordings, Nunes Says Rosenstein Impeachment Would Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation

Since Jeff Sessions is recused on the matter of the Russian Federation probe, the responsibility of deciding whether or not to fire Mueller, if Trump were to ask for this, falls to Rosenstein. Rosenstein was, in fact, appointed to his position by Trump himself.

Schiff said the relations between Republicans and Democrats on the committee deteriorated after Nunes secretly visited the White House grounds just one day before announcing incidental surveillance of President Trump's transition team. "After all", tweeted University of Texas Law School professor Steve Vladeck, "this has been the only explanation - for quite some time - for his ridiculous behavior on everything from the unmasking scandal" to the "Rosenstein impeachment".

The audio first aired publicly on "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC Wednesday night.

In another snippet, Nunes, one of Rosenstein's most vocal critics, also pointed out the impeachment process was "a bit complicated" because the Senate would have to deal with the fallout. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", he said.

"Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"

"If Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger", he said on the recording.

"If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", he said.

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"Had the majority been in Democratic hands, we would have continued to run a credible and bipartisan investigation of what the Russians did, what role Trump campaign people or anyone else played in the Russian interference".

National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss said that firing Mueller before the midterms "would be politically devastating" for Trump, but it's not completely out of the question.

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

Could it be that Mueller will get fired immediately after the midterms?

"Look at the Senate Intel Committee, led by Republican Sen". "It's impossible to predict with certainty how Trump would react, but odds are the President - like any father - would not handle it well". 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.

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.

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