REP. NUNES (R-CA): "So therein lies, so it's like your classic Catch-22 situation where we were at a - this puts us in such a tough spot".
He continued: "Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"
Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes, downplayed the comments in a statement to CNN, saying "it's unsurprising to see the left-wing media spin Chairman Nunes' routine observations as some nefarious plot, since these same media outlets spent the past year and a half touting non-existent Russian Federation collusion conspiracy".
In private, at a closed-door fundraiser for colleague U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee took the new step of tying the Trump-Russia investigation to the midterm elections this fall.
Nunes concludes by saying Republicans need to keep their majority in Congress to protect the president.
The Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee conducted a yearlong investigation of Russia's election interference.
"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", Nunes explained to a questioner on the recording.More news: Tense calm, cease-fire follows another Hamas-Israel flare-up
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"We have to keep the majority", he adds.
While Nunes' team has not responded to the audio leak, McMorris Rodgers' team told KREM 2 that it is another political tactic by Fuse Washington to spread misleading information and lies. Nunes appeared to say at the meeting that it was important the GOP maintain its control in Congress after the November elections so that they can continue to check that investigation.
Nunes' remarks came days after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) rejected plans by the Republican conservatives, Reps.
Nunes, who has been among the most vocal critics of Rosenstein and the Department of Justice (DOJ), reasoned to supporters that the impeachment process was "a bit complicated" because the Senate would have to deal with much of the fallout.
Rosenstein, who appointed and now supervises Mueller, defended the special counsel investigation when he was brought before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this summer.
"Like sometimes you love the president's tweets, sometimes we cringe on the president's tweets", he said, attempting to discredit Mueller's purported examination of Trump's inflammatory posts as part of his inquiry into possible obstruction of justice. Either way, he said, such a power move would have to wait until after Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate.