The audio, obtained exclusively by MSNBC, is of Nunes talking at a private fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane, Washington, on July 30. "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", Nunes said.
Conservatives who want to impeach Rosenstein accuse him of improperly handling the Russian Federation investigation and not complying with Congressional requests.
Those comments were made by California Congressman Devin Nunes who heads the House Intelligence Committee.
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.
Nunes said at a recent fundraiser that Republicans need to keep control of the House to protect President Donald Trump from the Russian Federation investigation, according to an audio recording released today.
It seems Nunes is anxious about whether Republicans would be able to make up the majority in the upcoming November elections and the fact that the GOP is the only thing stopping the removal of Donald Trump as president. The group also released a recording of comments the congresswoman made introducing Nunes to the crowd, in which she took swipes at her Democratic opponent for Eastern Washington's seat in Congress, Lisa Brown, and praised Trump's record on job creation.
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.
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REP. NUNES (R-CA): "Yeah, well, so it's a bit complicated, right?"
He went on to say he supports Rosenstein's impeachment but "the question is the timing of it right before the election".
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.
Iran's envoy at the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said in an report published by The Guardian that the U.S. is making history not just by violating a United Nations Security Council resolution it voted for three years ago, but also by penalizing countries who stick to the same unanimous resolution, according to Khoshroo.
"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", he said on the recording. "It's a matter of timing".
"Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?" he added.
"So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein".