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Nunes Talks About Protecting Trump on Leaked Audio

Rachel Maddow aired portions of the recordings, made at a closed-door fundraiser
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2018 7:29 AM CDT
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. speaks during a committee hearing on possible tariffs and the effect on the US economy and jobs on April 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – "If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones. Which is really the danger." That was just some of what House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes said in audio recorded at a private July 30 fundraiser in Spokane, Wash., and aired in part on the Rachel Maddow Show Wednesday night (listen to clips here). The Washington Post interprets the comments as an apparent shift "from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Trump." And in that effort, retaining control of Congress is key: "If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away," he's heard saying on the tape, which was secretly recorded by a member of the progressive group Fuse Washington who'd paid $250 to attend the event. More:

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