House Intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes was heard on a secret recording saying the Rod Rosenstein impeachment plan is still live and will happen after Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Nunes was speaking at a private, closed-door fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, when he said that the effort to impeach Rosenstein is still active. He also dissed Donald Trump, saying “we cringe” at his tweets.

Asked about the the impeachment plans, Nunes told a questioner that “it’s a bit complicated” because “we only have so many months left.” “So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up,” he said on the recording. “Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time.”

He continued: “Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?” “The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing … and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed,” Nunes said. “So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

Conservative lawmakers have accused Rosenstein of trying to stymie congressional oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Source: NBC News

Nunes also said: “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… 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.”

The secret recording was “obtained from a member of Fuse Washington, a progressive group that paid the $250 entry fee to attend” the Washington fundraiser. McMorris Rodgers almost lost her seat in the jungle primary on Tuesday. Democrat Lisa Brown has a good chance of flipping the seat.