Rachel Maddow dropped a bombshell on the political world on Wednesday by sharing audio footage of California Rep. Devin Nunes that was taken during a private fundraiser.
In the damning clip, Trump’s favorite lapdog can be heard actually admitting that, yeah, it’s criminal for a political campaign to help a foreign adversary release stolen emails.
“If that’s the case, that’s criminal,” Rep. Nunes said.
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Maddow explained the explosive nature of Rep. Nunes’ private remarks:
Again, substantively, it is hard to argue with the idea that it is bluntly criminal for anybody to have been involved in the dissemination of stolen e-mails as part of a political campaign. Substantively, we agree, right? But with federal prosecutors now claiming in a federal indictment that WikiLeaks and D.C. Leaks and Guccifer 2.0 were the means by which stolen e-mails were actually disseminated during the presidential election and with lots of still accruing evidence that people associated with the Trump campaign and the president’s family and the president himself helped in that dissemination during the campaign, it cannot help that the lead opponent of the Russia investigation privately concedes, when he thinks nobody is recording him, that that sort of activity, if proven, that would definitely be criminal. ‘Now, we have a problem, right? Because if somebody stole the e-mails, gave them to Cathy, Cathy released them, well, if that’s the case, then that’s criminal.’ How does that line up with the Trump campaign and what they did with Wikileaks and Guccifer 2.0. and D.C. Leaks?
Devin Nunes was essentially describing crimes committed by the Trump campaign
In the audio clip, Rep. Devin Nunes was essentially, though unintentionally, describing the criminal activity that took place between the Russians and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
As Rachel Maddow pointed out, not only did a foreign government, Russia, help steal Hillary Clinton’s emails, but it increasingly looks like the Trump campaign played a role in disseminating that stolen material.
“If that’s the case, then that’s criminal,” Nunes said on the recording. Finally, something we can all agree on.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.