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.
Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman and one of President Donald Trump's most vocal supporters in Congress, is anxious about the Republican Party's prospects in the November midterm elections.
"If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger", Nunes (R-Calif.) said, according to the tape.
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.
He added: "We have to keep the majority".
Nunes concludes by saying Republicans need to keep their majority in Congress to protect the president.
The audio was first released Wednesday night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show".
The Committee conducted its own investigation into Russian election interference which finished this year.
Nunes' office did not immediately return a request for comment today, but his spokesman Jack Langer told The Hill newspaper that "these are sensible ideas".
As Nunes sees it, Republicans must also choose their priorities within the limited amount of time they have before the midterms.
Meanwhile, the ongoing jousting between Rudy Giuliani and special counsel Mueller over a Trump interview, plus additional questions about whether Trump will be subpoenaed, loom large in the background.
"I've said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached", Nunes said in the recording. "Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"
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. Nunes said in response to a question from a person attending the fundraiser.
Remember, while it's Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who has the power the fire Mueller right now, Trump also has the constitutional power to direct repeal of a regulation that the attorney general alone may fire a special counsel. If so, that's leaves roughly a month of time before elections for Nunes and Friends to renew Rosenstein impeachment efforts.