Recording of Devin Nunes at private McMorris Rodgers fundraiser makes national headlines

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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.

Those comments were made by California Congressman Devin Nunes who heads the House Intelligence Committee. 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. At one point, you could hear Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers chiming in.

Finally, Nunes, touted by the president as a "Great American Hero", revealed at the fundraiser that even he sometimes winces at the Trump's online communications.

Nunes said he thinks Rosenstein "deserves to be impeached", but noted that "the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein".

The committee Nunes heads was tasked with investigating whether anyone from the Trump campaign may have collaborated with Russian attempts to influence the election, but its inquiry quickly became mired in partisan disputes.

"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up", Nunes is recorded saying.

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REP. NUNES (R-CA): "They know it's ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice". I mean, so, I don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues.

Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsCongress should prohibit members from serving on company boards The Hill's Morning Report: Where the Mueller probe stands Bill would ban House members from serving on boards of publicly held companies MORE' (R-N.Y.) opponent for his congressional seat told CNN on Saturday that Collins' decision to suspend his reelection campaign was the right move.

"If Jeff Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the President, we're the only ones, which is really the danger. It's a matter of timing".

The same official said local party officials believe there is still time to choose a new candidate to get that person's name onto the ballot for the November 6 election.

"These are sensible ideas, I'm glad Chairman Nunes talked about them", Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes, said in a statement to The Hill. 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.

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