Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R. WI) is resigning after this term in Congress. Up until now, Ryan has proven to be a spineless Speaker that has enabled popular vote loser Donald Trump since day 1, but in a stunning turn of events, it appears Paul Ryan has grown a spine in the last few days.
Earlier this week, Paul Ryan broke with Trump and sided with the FBI in a matter related to the Russia investigation.
Remember how Trump’s been claiming the FBI using an informant to infiltrate his campaign was illegal and unconstitutional? Well, sane, intelligent people, legal scholars, and Democrats in Congress all disagreed with Trump. And it looks like Paul Ryan, and Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr, both Republicans and Trump enablers, are miraculously among them.
Scott Dworkin with the Democratic Coalition puts it like this:
“BREAKING: Paul Ryan just said the FBI’s use of an informant to contact Trump’s campaign and his associates was completely legal. Trump’s biggest lapdog just turned around and bit him. About time he did something where he chooses country over party, before he resigns in disgrace.”
The declarations by the leading Republicans are the latest indications that Trump lacks any evidence to back up his claims of a major political scandal he calls “spygate” — since those lawmakers were among a select group briefed on the classified intelligence at issue. The only Republican briefed on the intelligence who has yet to break from Trump is Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence chairman who has demanded more documents as part of his investigation.
“I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment’s accurate, I think, but we have some more digging to do. We’re waiting for some more document requests,” Ryan told reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill. “It would have been helpful if we got this information earlier.”
“I think that Trey Gowdy’s description of the process was correct,” Burr said
This comes after officials briefed Ryan, Gowdy and other congressional leaders last month on the FBI’s use of a confidential source with the Trump campaign two years ago.
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes demanded more information about the source, but that demand has backfired, as we now know the FBI did absolultey nothing wrong and that Trump’s “spy” claim is completely false.
It’s a good sign that Ryan, Burr and Gowdy are all starting to publicly reject the President’s evidence-free claims.