House Speaker Paul Ryan has never been a fan of President Trump.
While Ryan is retiring at the end of his current term, many Republicans feel that isn’t soon enough.
And that makes his latest betrayal of President Trump all the harder to stomach.
The FBI had a spy in Donald Trump’s campaign.
But “Spygate,” a story of Deep State corruption that many believe is worse than Watergate, has been watered-down by semantics.
First Trey Gowdy muddied the waters by insisting on national television that Trump was never the “target” of the FBI’s investigation.
Even the National Review, a paper that harbors little love for President Trump, was quick to point out that was a merely a dodge, writing:
[Gowdy’s] digression about “targets” is gibberish. Since the Obama administration was using its counterintelligence powers (FISA surveillance, national-security letters, unmasking identities in intelligence reporting, all bolstered by the use of at least one covert informant), the political-spying issue boils down to whether the Trump campaign was being monitored. Whether Trump himself was apt to be indicted, and whether threats posed by Russia were the FBI’s focus, are beside the point; in a counterintelligence case, an indictment is never the objective, and a foreign power is always the focus.
But Gowdy’s attempt to undercut the story to protect Mueller’s investigation had largely faded from the news, until Speaker Ryan stepped in to pour gasoline on the fire.
National Review reports:
House speaker Paul Ryan undercut President Trump’s “Spygate” accusation Wednesday, saying he’s seen “no evidence” to support the notion that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign for political purposes.
“I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment Chairman Gowdy has made.”
Trump’s allies fumed, as Politico reports:
“Once again, this is Speaker Ryan being unhelpful to the Republican efforts to keep control of the House and pick up Senate seats,” said one former top Trump campaign official who keeps in touch with Trump. “He needs to go … now.”
“There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the FBI and Department of Justice against those of us in the Congress fighting for transparency and accountability,” [Rep. Matt] Gaetz said. “We need the speaker to be an institutionalist for the Congress, not to be a defender of the deep state.”
Asked about Ryan’s news conference, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a top Trump ally and Russia probe critic, said he planned to speak with Ryan about it personally, though he wouldn’t go into details. And Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was dismissive of the speaker’s implicit defense of the FBI.
“We’re supposed to trust the FBI now? The same FBI that we’ve caught, literally caught, hiding information?” Jordan said. “Come on.”
What are your thoughts about Speaker Ryan’s latest comments?
Do you believe he’s just providing cover for the Deep State’s efforts to undermine President Trump?
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