Speaker Of The House, Paul Ryan (R), announced that he will not seek re-election after his current term and will retire from Congress this year, Ryan announced on Wednesday.
“You realize something when you take this job. It’s a big job with a lot riding on you, but you also know this is not a job that last forever. You realize you hold the office for just a small part of our history. So you better make the most of it.” Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning.
CNN (@cnn) reports, Ryan told reporters that even though he’d “reluctantly” taken the job in 2015, when he took over for former speaker John Boehner, he had no “regrets.”
Ryan’s departure is another blow to fearful GOP members anticipating a blue wave in November. More and more it’s beginning to look like Democrats will be taking control over the House and likely Senate after the 2018 mid-term elections. Donald Trump is a big part of the Republican fear. Many have put Donald Trump and current Republicans in the same boat. For that very reason, people have been coming out to vote against Republicans in massive numbers….in special elections that most Americans never even paid much attention to in the past. It’s an uphill battle for any Republican seeking re-election. Ryan mentioned wanting to spend more time with his family as one of many reasons for his departure. While this may be true, it’s no secret that going up against the blue wave that is surely coming had to play some part in Ryan’s decision not to seek re-election.
In his prepared remarks, Ryan focused on the tax law that passed last year as a key legacy he will be leaving behind and spoke at length about his desire to go home to Wisconsin to be with his family. He said that the 2018 mid-terms and the chance that he wouldn’t be speaker didn’t factor at all into his decision to announce his retirement.
Ryan is right about one thing. Him and the tax law Republicans forced through Congress is the thing he will be remembered most for. Where Ryan is wrong, is that this legacy of his will not be remembered fondly. Ryan will be remembered as a spineless and cowardly politician who conspired against the United States with a corrupt president and administration. THIS is the legacy you will be leaving behind Mr. Ryan. Enjoy your retirement and the millions of dollars you took under the table from a few billion dollar companies, in order to make lives worse for many Americans.
Donald trump spent part of his Sunday morning having another Twitter tantrum. In what has now become the norm for this Country, the Commander in Chief publicly attacks government employees and private United States citizens on a social media site that is viewed by the world. Allowing leaders across the globe to see just how unstable and out of control the United States has become under Trump’s leadership. The target of his fury this morning was former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was just fired from his position yesterday. And Robert Mueller, the person at the head of the Special Counsel investigating alleged collusion or conspiracy with Russia and/or Russian Nationals to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election.
The tweets about McCabe and Mueller may seem to come out of left field without a little context (and a few rumors that the president may have just confirmed with these tweets). It was reported by multiple news outlets just yesterday that fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe took detailed notes of his encounters with the president. Then it was reported that McCabe turned those notes over to Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel a little while back. The other piece of rumor/news that may be relevant to these tweets, were reports that the Special Counsel sent Trump’s lawyers a set of questions they wanted to ask him pertaining to the investigation. If you believe these reports, then Trump’s tweets and the timing of these tweets may become more than just some ramblings from a crazed man. They become the erratic moves of a person who is attempting to get ahead of the story and prepare his followers for when this news does eventually break.
Quick fact check: Robert Mueller, just like most FBI agents and employees are registered Republicans. They’re most likely Conservative Republicans and not Trumpublicans, which to Donald Trump, is the same thing as being a Democrat, which in his mind is the same thing as being his enemy.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee decided to wrap up their year-long probe into whether or not their was collusion between the Trump administration and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. The Republicans concluded there was no collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia or Russians. Republicans came to this unanimous (all Republican) decision without consulting with Democrats.
USA Today (@USATODAY) reports, the probe was ended over the objections of Democrats, who said that key documents and testimony still have not been obtained. Even though Republicans have collectively come to an agreement to end the investigation, they have not publicly agreed why now was a good time to do so. Some say there was no collusion and there was no proof that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Others have said Russia definitely did interfere in the election, but they did not help Trump. While others say Russia interfered in the election, helped Trump, and purposely attempted to hurt Hilary Clinton. How the question of the last one can allow Republicans to say this investigation should come to an end, is beyond me. But let’s face it, this House investigation was nothing more than a farce from the very beginning. Every Republican made it crystal clear that they were not on the committee to investigate any wrongdoing in the election. They were there strictly to help Trump. That was known from early on when Devin Nunes ran to the White House claiming to have new information that something crooked was going on. The new information he ran to the White House with, came from…..wait for it……………..the White House.
The GOP majority on the House panel are scheduled to show its 150-page draft report to Democrats on Tuesday before seeking approval from the full committee to release it to the public. Democrats have already written a separate report that concludes that there is strong evidence that the Trump team colluded with Russia and the Kremlin, and therefore should continue on with the investigation. Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff released a statement in which he basically said “the fight will go on with or without the House investigation.”
The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously today to release a Democratic document rebutting Republican allegations that federal law-enforcement officials mishandled a secret warrant application to monitor an associate of Donald Trump. To me, this move indicates that the Democratic response to the Nunes memo does not call anyone to account for the release of the Nunes memo, which was filled with incomplete information and probably mistakenly included proof that the whole purpose of the Nunes memo was not what Republicans attempted to claim it to be. The Nunes memo, ironically contained more info that the Fisa warrant on Carter Page was a legal and necessary move than evidence that proves otherwise. Especially since the Nunes memo states that Page came into view through a meeting Trump associate George Papadapolous had in which he bragged about Russians getting some dirt on Hilary Clinton.
The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) reports, Democrats say their document is needed to correct a number of misstatements and omissions in the Republican/Nunes memo, which was approved by the White House and released for public view on Friday. Democrats say the memo was a way for Republicans to attempt to discredit the FBI and the current investigation of the president of the United States led by special investigator Robert Mueller. A claim that Trump has vehemently denied.
After today’s unanimous vote to release the Democratic rebuff, the memo will now be sent to the White House to be reviewed by the president before he ultimately decides if the document can be released for public view or not. The White House has five days to decide to release it or not. If the White House decides to object to the release, the House could consider whether to release the information over the objection of the White House. If the White House decided to release one memo by Republicans, I can’t see how you could possibly be against releasing a memo by Democrats pointing out errors in the Republican memo. But who knows? It should be interesting to see what happens in the next five days, and what is in this Democratic memo.