Analysis The worst and most intriguing parts of the secret Devin Nunes tape
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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night broadcast a secretly recorded tape of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) at a closed-door fundraiser talking about the Russia investigation ' a more Trump-friendly version of which his own committee conducted.
And while plenty have focused on his comments that the GOP needs to keep the majority to protect President Trump, that might not even be the most interesting ' or objectionable ' part of it.
First off, here's the full quote, in context:
So therein lies what's like your classic Catch-22 situation where we're at a -- it puts us in such a tough spot. If Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger. That's why I keep -- and thank you for saying it by the way -- I mean, we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away."
We don't know quite what Nunes was responding to, regrettably. But what first strikes you is how quickly he pivots from talking about Trump's fate in the Russia investigation to the GOP's electoral fortunes ' as if the purpose of keeping Republicans in power is to shut the whole thing down.....
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