Secret recording highlights Nunes' concern with protecting Trump in Russian Federation probe

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"If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", Nunes said during his remarks in Spokane, Wash., audio of which was recorded by a member of a progressive group called "Fuse Washington" and aired on The Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night.

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.

Nunes, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, seems to explain the main reason Congress hasn't taken up the issue is due to timing and the upcoming midterm elections.

"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". "Devin Nunes should resign for perverting the oath he took".

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"I mean, we have to keep all these seats".

A spokesman for Mr Nunes responded angrily saying: "It's unsurprising to see the left-wing media spin Chairman Nunes' routine observations as some nefarious plot".

Nunes said in response to a question from a person attending the fundraiser.

Nunes also later talked about the upcoming November midterms and his concerns about keeping the Republican majority in the Senate and the House, all to keep Trump as president.

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Ted Lieu tweeted "Under our Constitution, the duty of Congress is not to clear the President".

Nunes also said that an effort by some hard-line House Republicans to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on hold because of the election and because an impeachment debate would tie up the Senate and prevent it from quickly confirming Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Either way, he said, such a power move would have to wait until after Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate. But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails.

He went on to say he supports Rosenstein's impeachment but "the question is the timing of it right before the election". "Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal".

"Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time", he added. I mean, so, I don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues. 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.

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