The audio was recorded by a member of the progressive group Fuse Washington, which paid to attend the event and provided the audio to MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. "And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed", Nunes said.
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.
"Are you kidding me?" the ex-CIA agent asked incredulously before launching into a tirade against Nunes for conducting such a softball investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
"We have to keep the majority", he adds. "Devin Nunes should resign for perverting the oath he took".
In the recording Devin Nunes, a Republican Congressman and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, admitted that: "We have to keep the majority".
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".
Leaked audio released on Wednesday night features Nunes talking to donors at a Spokane, Washington, fundraiser last week.
During the fundraiser, Nunes also said conservative Republicans chose to table the idea of impeaching deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who's overseeing the Mueller probe, because it could endanger the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
But Nunes said that resistance to Rosenstein's impeachment was mostly about scheduling. So that's part of why, I don't think you have, you're not getting from, and I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. "I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or term". "The question is the timing of it right before the election". "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. "But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails, and she made a decision to release those. Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal".
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"This is all political", Nunes said.
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