Rep. Chris Collins Suspends Re-Election Campaign After Indictment

Rep. Chris Collins Suspends Re-Election Campaign After Indictment

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.

The event was closed to the press, and more than a hundred protesters gathered outside to criticize McMorris Rodgers for bringing Nunes, who's stated publicly he'd like to impeach Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general in charge of the Russian probe.

Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse President Trump's 2016 campaign, has pleaded not guilty and initially pledged to fight the charges while continuing his reelection campaign in one of the most Republican-leaning districts in NY, which includes the outskirts of Rochester, Niagara Falls and Buffalo along Lake Ontario. "We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away", Nunes said.

"The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is supposed to be an impartial investigator who follows the facts wherever they may lead", said cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller on Twitter in response to the recording.

In response to what Nunes is heard saying on the tapes, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said the comments should be disqualifying for an elected member of Congress.

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Nunes told the crowd at the fundraiser that he personally had called for Rosenstein's impeachment, but that it had to be delayed in order to keep the Senate on track with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. "Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time".

He went on to say he supports Rosenstein's impeachment but "the question is the timing of it right before the election".

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has said he opposes the effort to impeach Rosenstein, but the party's most conservative members in the House have indicated they will push the issue again as soon as September. "Richard Burr (R-NC) very honorably looking at the Russian Federation process and saying why don't we consider a fact", Mudd continued.

"Like sometimes you love the president's tweets, sometimes we cringe on the president's tweets", he said, attempting to discredit Mueller's purported examination of Trump's inflammatory posts as part of his inquiry into possible obstruction of justice. He added, "so it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein". Either way, he said, such a power move would have to wait until after Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate. "It's a matter of, it's a matter of timing".

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