Facing indictment, GOP Rep. Chris Collins stepping down

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The congresswoman's office is looking into who made the recording, which took place during a fundraiser at the downtown Spokane Club on July 30.

Joe Scarborough blasted Devin Nunes on Thursday over the congressman's newly-revealed statements about doing everything he can to protect President Trump from the ongoing investigations into Russian Federation.

"So therein lies, so it's like your classic Catch-22 situation where we were at a ... this puts us in such a tough spot". I mean we have to keep all those seats.

"We have to keep all those seats". "So you have to make sure that you limit that as much as possible, and we need a paper trail so that you can go back in case you have to do a manual recount", Mr. Nunes added. Nunes has stated publicly that he'd like to impeach the deputy attorney general in charge of the investigation, Rod Rosenstein.

"So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then (it) has to take it up", he said, explaining that the action could take away from other priorities of Congress. In his statement Saturday, Collins warned of Democrats winning the House in the midterm elections "and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump".

"They know it's ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice", Nunes said. Keep in mind, this is all just a matter of two weeks after Nunes tried to bring articles of impeachment against Rosenstein to party leadership only to be dismissed and mildly dressed down by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said.

Leaked audio recordings of Rep. Devin Nunes seemingly more interested in protecting President Donald Trump rather than doing his Constitutional duty of providing oversite of the executive branch is just another uncomfortable revelation in what is turning into what can only be described as a bad month for Tulare's favorite Republican son.

The tapes offer a glimpse at Nunes political strategies in advance of the elections. "The question is the timing of it right before the election", said Nunes in the recording. But Democrats on the committee said they had not interviewed many key witnesses, and they vowed to continue their own investigation.

In his statement on Saturday, Collins said he will serve until the end of his term "to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump's agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes". Maddow said it was provided to her by the progressive group Fuse Washington, which bought a ticket to the fundraising event. Most Senate Republicans have been equally quiescent, doing very little as they observe the President's constant barrage against the "witch hunt" and outlandish moments such as deciding to go after United States intelligence agencies while standing next to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. "Those are really risky in my opinion, and should not be used", Mr. Nunes, California Republican, said in an aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "Rising".

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