MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow obtained portions of a secretly recorded speech given by Donald Trump whipping boy, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, and honestly, he didn’t say anything we didn’t already know. He wants to impeach Rosenstein. He wants to shut down the Mueller probe. He wants to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He recognizes, however, that time may be running out, and that he’s going to have to prioritize his wish list, and impeaching Rosenstein and confirming Kavanaugh before November is out of the question.
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.”
What’s interesting in that statement, however, is this: “If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”
Really? Does Devin Nunes — who is privy to a lot of information the rest of the country is not — know something? Because a successful impeachment — given what we know, so far, and given how much has been normalized — seems out of reach. Sure, if the Democrats managed to secure a majority in the House, they could vote to begin impeachment proceedings, but Democrats wouldn’t do that unless they knew that the Senate would vote to remove Trump from office (I suspect everyone has learned from the Republicans’ mistake under Clinton when it comes to impeaching a President without the votes to remove him). Democrats taking over the Senate is still something of a long shot, and even if they were able to narrowly win a majority, it takes two-thirds of the Senate to remove the President from office.
What does Devin Nunes know that might lead him to believe that 17 or 18 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate would vote to remove Trump? Is he being alarmist at a fundraiser in order to extract more money out of donors? Or does he legitimately believe that Trump would lose an impeachment trial? Because there has been zero indication that the Republican party will stop covering for the President. Where do these votes come from? And what’s so terrible that the Democrats would risk whatever momentum they might gain in the mid-terms to force impeachment proceedings? Because, unless there is something hugely explosive we don’t know about yet, I am pretty sure a Democratic-controlled House is going to be content to block the President’s agenda and tie Republicans up in investigations until 2020.
Or maybe Nunes is terrified of an investigation that Democrats might open up against him if they take back the majority? Maybe he doesn’t want a Democratically controlled House Ethics committee snooping around because — given the lengths that Nunes has gone to in order to conceal the President’s potential crimes — the smoke that has been providing cover for the President may turn into a fire.
(As always here at Pajiba, we seek to make your viewing experience more aesthetically pleasing by replacing the more unsightly Republicans with attractive substitutes. Henceforth, Devin Nunes will be represented by ‘The Good Place’ star Manny Jacinto. You’re welcome.)