And to implement it, this world-class congressional operator has kept it far from the view of the public.
In private, at a closed-door fundraiser for colleague U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee took the new step of tying the Trump-Russia investigation to the midterm elections this fall.
The House chosing to refrain from impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could have more to do with the Supreme Court than anything else.
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Democrats on that House committee followed up with their own report that disputed the conclusion and said the full committee did not press hard enough for evidence. "I'm glad Chairman Nunes talked about them". Nunes details one big reason Republicans are needed: to protect Trump. "That means it would derail or largely delay a big part of our agenda ... and it would clearly dramatically delay the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to go to the Supreme Court", he said. "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.
At one point you can hear the Congresswoman chime in when Nunes was responding to a question from the audience about impeaching Rosenstein.
"Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump", Collins said in the statement. He added, "so it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing". If so, that's leaves roughly a month of time before elections for Nunes and Friends to renew Rosenstein impeachment efforts.
Nunes has repeatedly called for the Mueller investigation to come to an end and has criticized FBI officials for not quickly complying with document requests about how the investigation began. He is an adamantly pro-Trump lawmaker who in February released a memorandum accusing the intelligence community of conspiring against the president. But he somehow still wants the investigation into Trump to end.
"If Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger", he said on the recording. "But if they tell a lie often enough and they put it out there and they say, 'Oh, we're looking at the tweets, ' cause you know you've got a mixed bag on the tweets, right?"