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11 August 2018, 07:20 | Devin Moran
Secret Devin Nunes Recording Gives Away Plan to 'Clear the President': Confirm Kavanaugh First, Then Impeach Rod Rosenstein
The top Republican was caught on record by a member of the "Fuse Washington" progressive group, furtively making the remarks during a closed-door fundraiser for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on July 30 in Spokane, Washington.
It's also worth noting that Mueller and Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees the investigation, are both Republicans who were highly respected across the board prior to the start of the investigation.
Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse President Trump's 2016 campaign, has pleaded not guilty and initially pledged to fight the charges while continuing his reelection campaign in one of the most Republican-leaning districts in NY, which includes the outskirts of Rochester, Niagara Falls and Buffalo along Lake Ontario. Rosenstein has been overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescued himself.
"If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", he said. 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. If Trump wants the House Republicans to do this dirty work for him through impeachment, as explained, that can't happen until Kavanaugh is confirmed, for the reasons Nunes gave.
"Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump", Collins said in a statement. "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing".
Nunes concludes by saying Republicans need to keep their majority in Congress to protect the president. Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?
"I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump's agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes", he said in the statement. Nunes said in response to a question from a person attending the fundraiser.
Nunes has repeatedly called for the Mueller investigation to come to an end and has criticized FBI officials for not quickly complying with document requests about how the investigation began.
Bright Conditions Promise Play On Day 2
Chris Woakes is expected to replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is standing trial in Bristol on a charge of affray. The play is set to start at the usual time of 11 a.m. with an extra 30 minutes to allowed at the end of the day.