Devin Nunes And The Case Of The Secret Tapes

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On August 8, 2018, Phil Helsel on NBC News penned the following report, “Secret recording shows GOP’s Nunes saying Rosenstein impeachment would delay Supreme Court pick” (“”Do you want them [the Senate] to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice?” Rep. Devin Nunes said at a recent fundraiser.”)


“Hard-line conservative Republicans in the House recently hit a roadblock in their effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when Speaker Paul Ryan opposed the move. But one of those conservatives, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., gave a different explanation to donors recently when asked why the impeachment effort had stalled.”

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“He said it’s because an impeachment would delay the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”

“Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made the statement in an audio recording surreptitiously made by a member of a progressive group who attended a Republican fundraiser on July 30 in Spokane, Washington. The recording was obtained by the Rachel Maddow Show and was played on MSNBC on Wednesday night.”

“Asked about the the impeachment plans, Nunes told a questioner that “it’s a bit complicated” because “we only have so many months left.”

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“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. “Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time.”

“He continued: “Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?”

“The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing … and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed,” Nunes said. “So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

“Conservative lawmakers have accused Rosenstein of trying to stymie congressional oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.”

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“The audio of the Spokane fundraiser was obtained by the Maddow show from a member of the “Fuse Washington” progressive group who paid the $250 entry fee to attend the dinner. The event was a fundraiser for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. A spokesperson for her campaign had no comment on the recording and Nunes’ office didn’t return calls for comment.”

“On the evening of July 25, House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-S.C., Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and nine co-sponsors introduced a resolution to impeach Rosenstein. It does not have the support of the House Republican leadership.”

“House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., commented a day after the resolution was introduced: “Do I support impeachment of Rosenstein? No, I do not.”

“He also said at the time that if an impeachment resolution were to pass the House, it would “tie the Senate into knots,” and could delay the confirmation of Kavanaugh.”

“According to the audio obtained by the show, Nunes said that “I’ve said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached,” but he also said, “the question is the timing of it right before the election.”

“Conservative lawmakers have accused the Justice Department of trying both to tar President Donald Trump with the Russia investigation and to downplay the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.”

“The Senate has only a few months to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court if they want to do it before the November midterms.”
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from any probe of Russian election interference. Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May of 2017 to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 and other matters after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.”

“Nunes also said that “if Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones. Which is really the danger,” according to the audio.”

“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,” he added, apparently referring to keeping Republican control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.”


  1. Only one thing comes to mind whenever I hear Nunes name mentioned: snake in the grass. He is not representing the country, he is not representing We The People … he is only concerned with keeping the power of the GOP, and thus his own. I hope he loses bigly in November!


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    • Dear Jill,

      I can only hope that the FBI’s Special Counsel has his eye on Rep. Nunes, who as far as I’m concerned has crossed over an ethical line, ages ago.

      It is my opinion that Rep Devin Nunes is representing the State of Israel where their national security interests are counter to that of the USA.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I would bet that Mueller is watching Nunes. Whoever Nunes is representing, it certainly is NOT We The People! He is another swamp creature, and a particularly nasty one.


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  2. Gronda, when politicians deviate from normal process, take it to the bank, it is political. Nunes’ unethical behavior and hyper-partisanship, divided and derailed the work of a crucial House committee.

    Extending Congressman Trey Gowdy’s comment toward President Trump to all Trump sycophants, they would help the President’s claim of innocence if they acted like he was innocent. And, therein lies the rub – they don’t think he is innocent. Neither do I. Keith

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  3. Dear Keith,

    Like I was mentioning to Jill, I can only hope that the FBI’s Special Counsel has Rep Devin Nunes in his cross hairs as he’s guilty of having done some serious harm with the assistance of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

    It is my suspicion that Rep. Nunes represents the interests of Israel. The current Israeli PM Netanyahu would do just about anything to keep President Trump in power.

    Hugs, Gronda


    • Gronda, as we have discussed before, the fact that a GOP Senator, Richard Burr, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, went out of his way to speak with Paul Ryan to get Nunes 1) to suppress his biased memo as he could not support its conclusions and 2) to cease defaming a Democrat Senator for his opinions.

      Yet, this is not widely known about Nunes in conservative circles. Yet, in my mind, Nunes will be remembered for his unethical and, possibly, criminal behavior. Keith

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      • PS – I watched PBS Newshour who had a segment on the most recent example of making the House Intelligence Committee political. What greatly offended me was a statement issued by Nunes’ spokesperson accusing the liberal media of making a big deal over this issue as well as perpetuating the phony Russian investigation.

        Excuse me? Mr. Nunes, you allegedly wrote a memo of concern about a report you admitted you said later you did not read. Said memo was contradicted by Republican Senator Burr who wanted you not to release this biased memo. Mr. Nunes, you owe Americans an apology and I believe your resignation. That is what I feel. Keith

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  4. It is the double dealing that gets me. Nunes clearly has political moxie, and can see the short plan as well as the long plan, but he really should know better than telling any group of what he is up to. Thankfully he did, now the Dems should be able to head him off at the pass, providing they have someone astute enough to do that. I’m not sure if they do, but they better start looking soon…

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    • Dear Rawgod,

      As you said, thank goodness Rep Nunes was dumb enough to hang himself. I also pray that the democratic party will take advantage of this opportunity.

      Bit his democratic opponent, Andrew Janz is making full use of this latest news.

      Hugs, Gronda


  5. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    This pretty well sums up Nunes actions and where he should stand with Robert Mueller and the investigation.

    18 U.S. Code § 2382 – Misprision of treason

    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      You are so right on the money. As far as I’m concerned President Trump with the help of Rep. Devin Nunes has committed obstruction of justice; has conspired with Russia to undermine this US Democracy; and has committed acts of treason out in the open.

      When is enough, enough.

      Hugs, Gronda


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