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.
This puts us in such a tough spot.
The California 22nd Congressional District congressman was apparently pitching himself and the Republican Party at large as a buffer for Trump, who, among several members of his election campaign, is a subject in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
The House Ethics Committee is investigating the allegations against him. "It's a matter of timing".
"Do I support impeachment of Rosenstein?"
California's Holy Fire intensifies, forces thousands from their homes
According to Orange County officials, Mr Clark had emailed the local volunteer fire chief to threaten "this place will burn". Cal Fire says the firefighter was assigned to the Butte Unit that is assigned to the Carr Fire burning near Redding .
Nunes said he thinks Rosenstein "deserves to be impeached", but noted that "the Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein".
He said everything would have to be dropped if impeachment was up for a vote.
Leaked audio of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaking at a Republican dinner fundraiser made public Thursday evening shows the Congressman addressing why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hasn't been impeached and saying that Republicans could be the only force stopping President Donald Trump from being impeached.
In another portion of the recording, Nunes appears to admit that if a candidate received "secret information" like "stolen emails" from a foreign government, and that candidate released them, it would be a criminal act. The person had paid the $250 to attend the fundraiser that Nunes held with House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
The indictment last month of 12 Russian military intelligence officers shed new light on the timing and methods of Russia's penetration into email accounts associated with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. In an email obtained by The Buffalo News shortly after his indictment, he said that he not only meant to stay in office but also planned to run for re-election. In 2016, the London-based anti-secrecy activist had contact with Roger Stone, an informal adviser to Trump, according to two of Stone's associates. He called the president's tweets a "mixed bag". They said, "McMorris Rodgers sounds like she's reinforcing what Nunes is saying". Either way, he said, such a power move would have to wait until after Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate.