It is clear that he intends to undermine the investigation because he lists keeping control of the House as an alternative to Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who is recused from the investigation and all related matters on the advice of ethics experts - taking control of the probe or to Mueller finding the president to be innocent.
The Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is anxious about the November midterm elections. They've unearthed some of his crimes, they're looking for more crimes, but you have Devin Nunes bragging about trying to stop the investigation against Putin and Russia's interference in American democracy.
In the recording Devin Nunes, a Republican Congressman and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, admitted that: "We have to keep the majority".More news: Media get no access to coaches, players at Ohio State football practice
Rep. Ted Lieu, also of California, called on Nunes to resign, saying his comments ran counter to the oath of office he had taken upon entering Congress.
Interestingly, while Nunes has lobbied for the Russian Federation investigation to end, at the fundraiser he said getting stolen emails for use in a campaign would be a crime.
Schiff said the relations between Republicans and Democrats on the committee deteriorated after Nunes secretly visited the White House grounds just one day before announcing incidental surveillance of President Trump's transition team.
Nunes can also be heard on the recording arguing that any effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could interfere with the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.More news: Milan reject interest in Serbian midfielder: We can't afford him
An impeachment vote, Nunes said, would "tie the Senate into knots". If so, that's leaves roughly a month of time before elections for Nunes and Friends to renew Rosenstein impeachment efforts. "The question is the timing of it right before the election".
The remarks appear to be a blunt assessment from Nunes, a top Trump ally in Congress who Democrats accuse of trying to help the White House with the Russian Federation probe, that Republicans must keep their House majority in the midterm elections to shield Trump from the special counsel investigation. But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails. Okay, now we have a problem, right? "Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal".
"It's a matter of timing", Nunes said. He added, "so it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein".More news: Showtime Loves the Who Is America? Controversy, and Wants More of It