Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nunes Explains Why Rosenstein Has Not Been Impeached In Leaked Audio

Nunes Explains Why Rosenstein Has Not Been Impeached In Leaked Audio

Fuse Washington shared with KREM 2, 43 minutes of audio recording with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC exclusively.

The remarks drew immediate rebuke from Democrats.

A staunch Janz supporter, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles), called on Nunes to resign Wednesday night.

Others observed that the lawmaker's actions over the past year made his comments unsurprising.

Impeaching Rosenstein, an idea most politicians have agreed is purely a way to shut down Mueller, turns out to be an active project. Rosenstein has been overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescued himself. He has denied any wrongdoing. If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones.

Nunes' comments appear to be an abdication of the constitutional role of Congress, to act as an independent branch of government that conducts oversight and serves as a check and balance.

"These people look like stooges", the columnist said, for having "indulged a character like Devin Nunes". Nunes and others are trying to root it out.

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In it, Nunes discusses how House Republicans still want to impeach Rosenstein-despite assurances from the leadership that that wasn't a priority- but are only waiting to do so until after the Senate confirms Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

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.

"I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached", Nunes said.

If you believe Trump and his campaign staff may be guilty of the crimes suspected of him - which Nunes apparently does! - let the congressman's secret thoughts be an imperative to us to not vote for Republican candidates in the upcoming election.

REP. NUNES (R-CA): "The Senate would have to start, the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. It's a matter of timing".

Rosenstein, who appointed and now supervises Mueller, defended the special counsel investigation when he was brought before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this summer. He is hardly the first member of Congress to be indicted while in office, and there is precedent for representatives to be re-elected even while under indictment. No, he doesn't come right out and say "Trump is guilty", but he offers up a "hypothetical" where he describes a campaign that colludes with a foreign power that has stolen emails and colludes to release them to change the outcome of the election. Perhaps that's just overheated partisan rhetoric - the kind of thing you say to fire up the base - but the fact that the guy running the House Intel Committee's Russian Federation probe suggests it's actually possible that Trump could be removed from office based upon Mueller's Russian Federation investigation seems significant. "But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails, and she chose to release those".

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