In Leaked Tape, Nunes Says Protecting Trump More Important Than Defending US

Nunes On Secret Tape: Brett Kavanaugh Vote, Then Rod Rosenstein Impeachment | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Nunes On Secret Tape: Brett Kavanaugh Vote, Then Rod Rosenstein Impeachment | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

In a secret audio recording obtained exclusively by The Rachel Maddow Show, Rep. Devin Nunes is heard at a private fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers...


Rep. Devin Nunes believes a Republican majority is the last line of defense for President Trump from the Russia probe.

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee, was secretly recorded during a closed-door fundraiser last July telling attendees that the GOP must maintain majority status, because they are the final layer of protection for the president.

Aired by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the tape confirms what has long been assumed about Nunes: he is more concerned with protecting President Donald Trump than defending the United States of America.

An analysis by The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake points to two significant implications drawn from the recording:

First off, here’s the full quote, in context:

"So therein lies what’s like your classic Catch-22 situation where we’re at a -- it puts us in such a tough spot. If Sessions won’t un-recuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger. That’s why I keep -- and thank you for saying it by the way -- I mean, we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away."

Now, plenty of Republicans — politicians and pundits alike — have argued that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is in fact a witch hunt, as the president is also fond of asserting.

But Nunes is not your average, run-of-the-mill congressman. He is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, granting him access to more information regarding the Russia investigation than most, as the committee was tasked with running its own investigation into potential collusion by the Trump campaign.

Nunes did not conduct a fair and unbiased investigation by any stretch of the imagination. It seemed clear throughout the effort that his goal was to obfuscate and deceive in order to unjustifiably clear the president’s name.

His investigation is finished, so perhaps he can let loose a bit. But here he seems to let his true feelings come rushing out — behind closed doors, at least. And it confirms everything we thought we knew about the man behind that probe and his suspiciously pro-Trump actions.

Blake highlights two implications from Nunes’ taped admissions:

First, he talks about Attorney General Jeff Sessions “un-recusing” himself as if it were a way out of this whole mess. That’s making a real assumption about the nation’s highest law enforcement officer, but it’s one that Trump himself has hinted at. Reporting has regularly described Trump ruing Sessions’s recusal because he believed his attorney general should be there to protect him. But it’s one thing for Trump to reportedly muse about such an unholy alliance behind closed doors; it’s another to have Nunes doing it on tape.

And the second is the last part: “If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.” Again, Nunes is the House intelligence committee chairman, and he’s privy to all kinds of things we don’t know about. The committee’s report concluded there was no evidence of collusion with Russia, but it clearly made pains to not to reflect poorly on the GOP president. (The whole thing created a rift between the GOP majority on the committee and the Democratic minority, which didn’t sign off on the report.)

Nunes appears to believe that short of Republicans keeping the majority, nothing will protect Trump from impeachment — which would require a majority vote in the House and a two-thirds vote to convict in the Senate, and would necessarily require Republicans to go along.

Nunes is leading the crowd to believe that this would happen. 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 Russia probe suggests it’s actually possible Trump could be removed from office based upon Mueller’s Russia probe seems significant.

Listen to Nunes’ remarks above.

Comments (13)
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Nunes the Dumbo REPUBLICAN, and obstructions criminal


Sounds like the 1st step toward a dictatorship...


"If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away."

I wonder what exactly "all of this" he is referring to? I do think it's not necessarily a take for face value comment!

Am I reading something more into this? I really don't know anymore.

If the news came out and said the GOP we're mandated to wear purple onesies with red elephants on them, it would not surprise me! Or think it was "fake news".

This administration is nothing short of a pile of lunatics jibber-jabbering. Dangerous lunatics however.


you need to go away, you traitor.


As Americans we are terribly naive. We do not understand how we can become unknowing assets either to a hostile foreign power or even an internal one with interests other than the ones we profess even as we are being used by that opposing entity. There are a lot of threads running through our story over the past three decades which could indicate an infiltration into the American psyche as a coordinated effort. However, they could just as easily be the creation of an overactive analytical mind desperate for an explanation. I keep gathering information afraid of my own biases, refusing to conclude as fact where my brain wants to lead me to as conclusive. Still, there is a lot of evidence of genuinely good and aware people. They give me hope.


Can someone tell me what this article incriminates Devin Nunes of? He's guilty of.....? Is he guilty of defending Trump from corrupt Obama / Brennan old guard establishment holdovers and their tentacled army of progressive activist "journalists" et al....?

This article claims Nunes is protecting a corrupt cheeto administration. Russia spent $100,000 on Facebook ads. The Democrats colluded with Russians (and Ukraine), and Trump didn't AT ALL.

Trump had no part in corrupt dealings or Russia collusion. Maddow is a conspiracy theorist paid to defend her fascist globalist masters who simply wish to control Trump who threatens their age old cabal racket, war profiteering, money laundering (Ukraine/Burisma involve sons of Pelosi, Kerry, Biden and Romney), etc..

Nunes has done nothing wrong. Maddow needs to be sued AGAIN ($100 million) for libel. Trump is suing New York Slimes and Washington Compost - came out Today - And He Will Win... As usual.

Truth is a force of nature

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