MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow released audio records of Rep. Devin Nunes speaking candidly about the president at a fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Wednesday night.
The Californian congressman attacked the Democrats and special counsel for trying to accuse the president of obstructing justice. He also went on to reveal both his support and disdain for the president’s Twitter habits.
“They know it’s ridiculous to go after the president for obstruction of justice. But if they tell a lie often enough and they put it out there and they say, ‘Oh, we’re looking at the tweets,’ cause you know you’ve got a mixed bag on the tweets right? Like, sometimes we love the president’s tweets, sometimes we cringe on the president’s tweets, but they’re trying to make a political — this is all political as to why that story ran in The New York Times on the tweets.”
Nunes was also caught explaining a scenario in which a foreign government provided stolen information to a campaign, in which releasing that information would be “criminal.” While the context of the comment is not known, he appears to be referencing the Trump-Russia collusion theory.
“Now, if somebody thinks that my campaign or Cathy’s campaign is colluding with the Chinese — or, you name the country — hey, could happen. It would be a very bad thing if Cathy was getting secrets from the Portuguese, let’s say — just because I’m Portuguese. My family was. So Cathy was getting secret information from the Portuguese may or may not be unusual. But ultimately, let’s say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen e-mails. And she decided to release those. OK, now we have a problem, right? Because somebody stole the emails, gave ’em to Cathy, Cathy released ’em. Well, if that’s the case, then that’s criminal.”
Fuse Washington, a progressive group, taped Nunez and sold it to Maddow. They paid to attend the event, which took place last week.