"If [Jeff] Sessions won't unrecuse, Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger".
In a newly released recording of Rep. Devin Nunes at a recent GOP fundraiser, the California Republican made explicit what many have long suspected regarding his actions toward special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe: He views his main task not as getting to the truth or fighting for justice but as protecting President Donald Trump. The Washington Post interprets the comments as an apparent shift "from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Trump". Well, when you look at what leaders of the Freedom Caucus are doing, when you look at what Nunes is doing, I think we need to stop saying what they're doing is trying to protect Donald Trump, because what they're actually doing is they're protecting Vladimir Putin and covering up more crimes that the United States military and Intel agencies are digging at right now. Like sometimes you love the president's tweets, sometimes we cringe on the president's tweets.
Nunes also noted that while he supports impeaching Rosenstein, he knows it would be unpopular, and can't do that until after the election: "I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached... the question is the timing of it right before the election".
We have seen this also with Speaker Ryan, who has said he will not put issues on the floor that the president will not sign. Nunes was secretly recorded while detailing his timeline to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because of course, he was. "We do not keep the majority, all of this goes away".
Democratic lawmakers and pundits quickly condemned the remarks, saying they indicated Nunes was attempting to obstruct justice by suggesting Rosenstein's investigation, headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, should be quashed. "I don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues". Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation, thus putting Rosenstein in charge.
"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said. Because somebody stole the emails, gave 'em to Cathy, Cathy released 'em. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", Nunes added.