The Rachel Maddow show was given a secret recording of comments made by Rep. Devin Nunes at a fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers in which he says that if Republicans retain control of the House and Senate in the midterm elections, they’ll try to impeach Rod Rosenstein in order to end the Mueller investigation.
REP. NUNES (R-CA): “Yeah, well, so it’s a bit complicated, right? And I say that because you have to, so we only have so many months left, right? So if we actually vote to impeach, okay, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up. Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time. Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice? 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 mean, so, I don’t think you’re gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues. The question is the timing of it right before the election.”REP. MCMORRIS RODGERS (R-WA): “Also, the Senate has to start –”
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. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”
I have no idea what they mean when they say the Senate would have to start the impeachment because the opposite is true. That’s why the bills to impeach Rosenstein have been introduced in the House. The House files for impeachment, the Senate holds the trial and convicts of acquits. But that’s just a side issue. The real issue here is that Nunes and Rogers make clear that they intend to try to impeach him after the midterms if they have the numbers to get it passed in order to end the Mueller investigation. The corruption could not be more obvious, but they didn’t think those remarks would be made public.