What Did Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Know and When Did They Know it?
Before we get to the bottom of all this, not only will Trump be implicated but so will the GOP as a party. One of the really notable aspects of former CIA Director Brennan’s testimony yesterday was that he used the T word.
For a long time I’ve been proclaiming ‘None dare call it treason.’ But now Brennan has. At least he put the word on the table.
“In a line that has gotten a fair amount of attention, although Brennan was speaking in the abstract and not in relation to any particular individual, he stated, “Frequently individuals who are along that treasonous path do not even realize until it gets to be a bit too late.”
This is the problem with those who want to summarily dismiss Louise Mensch as the things she relates from her sources seem farfetched. But we are now living with Alice in her Wonderland. Truth is truly stranger than fiction. How can any theory be dismissed as being improbable? I mean a theory can be right or wrong. But simply dismissing it as farfetched is a train that’s left the station.
So much of what was dismissed in the MSM as being lurid conspiracy theories just yesterday become part of the consensus of which everyone agrees today.
So I and other Democrats, other Trump haters, #TheResistance have been accusing Trump-and the GOP-of possible treason for many months. Now Brennan has mainstreamed the word.
This implicates not just Trump but an entire party.
“Brennan kept the Gang of Eight in the loop as the investigation went forward, briefing them on matters related to Russian election interference along with the White House. The substance of those briefings is reflected in the January report.”
Remember who’s in the Gang of Eight-Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Both knew about this and said nothing. We know President Obama-until we get a legitimate President, Obama is still our President as far as I’m concerned-wanted to put out a bipartisan statement with the Gang of Eight and Mitch McConnell refused complaining that this was partisan.
Regrettably, Obama nixed the idea as he couldn’t get the GOP on board. We can only guess what McConnell and friends would have done with the shoe on the opposite foot. But it sure wouldn’t have been ‘Let’s just say nothing as it’s upset Chuck Schumer.
But McConnell and the GOP showed their true colors. In 2009 they refused to help Obama and the Dems fight the worst recession since the Great Depression. They preferred to obstruct under the premise that if this hurts the economy, Obama will get the blame.
This theory seems to have largely been borne out but it says something pretty reprehensible about McConnell and his GOP friends.
So much for politics ending at the water’s edge. Not for the modern GOP. For them the water’s edge is just one more political opportunity. Slowing down and obstructing the recovery from the worst recession since the GD is a small price to pay if it is beneficial to the Republican party’s partisan and ideological aims.
But as outrageous and sociopathic as McConnell and friends actions during the Great Recession were, surely if this were literally about our American system of government itself being under attack from a hostile foreign power, the GOP would finally take off its tribalist blinders. But the GOP has made a deal with the devil. They are like the false mother willing to split the baby in half. The GOP is willing to sell us out to the Russians if it means McConnell gets his Senate majority and Paul Ryan gets to take away our Medicare.
That little Russian victory dance the day after Comey was fired in the Oval Office where Trump handed them Israel’s classified information like candy was a small price to pay for the win at all costs GOP.
By the summer of 2016, it “became clear” to Brennan that “Russia was engaged in aggressive and wide-ranging efforts to interfere in one of the key pillars of our democracy.” This was the genesis of the formation of a group of experts from CIA, FBI, and NSA to study the active measure campaign, whose work was used to prepare the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian election interference (a declassified version of which was published in January). Brennan appears to have instigated the group’s formation.”
Ryan and McConnell were fully briefed on this.
Indeed. McConnell & Ryan fully briefed by Brennan on Russia op in Aug. They went along with Trump dismissing Putin's attack on US democracy. https://t.co/a7Bw2zNbnr
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) May 23, 2017
Michael McCaul believes that US public deserve to know if a foreign adversary is meddling in their election. Ask McConnell why he disagrees
— Eimear Kavanagh (@eimzkavanagh) May 23, 2017
So it was clear to Brennan by the Summer. Here’s the thing: based on the recently released tapes published by the Washington Post last week, we see that Paul Ryan and his House GOPers already had a good idea of what was going on back in June just after the DNC’s oppo research was released.
Who leaked them? Some have argued the Ukrainians who has just met with the House GOP that day. Ryan himself seems to think it was Evan McMullin-one of the very last patriotic Republicans left. In any case Ryan and friends worry that more are on the way.
Is it partisan to call the GOP the party of treason? Whether or not this is so, it doesn’t make it false. But here is what Steve Schmidt-John McCain’s 2008 campaign manager-says:
“Any Republican member of Congress who takes the president, his spokespeople’s assertions that [Comey was fired] because he was unfair to Hillary Clinton is either a fool, or they have so lost sight in this era of tribal politics, of their responsibilities to the country, that they have become faithless to their oaths,” Schmidt said about the president’s memo detailing his reasons for firing FBI director James Comey.
Schmidt next refers to this tweet from longtime chief of staff to Sen. John McCain, Mark Salter, suggesting that “the security of the United States might now depend on electing a Democratic Congress in 2018.”
So that’s what a long time Republican says, and I think his diagnosis is perfect. The GOP has lost its way in this ear of tribal politics. Indeed Schmidt uses some pretty damning words himself: lost sight of the responsibilities to the country and faithless to their oaths.
My working theory of the GOP is that the party has moved away from them. It goes back to FDR. Philosophically, the GOP has never accepted the New Deal but most Americans have. That the GOP would one day lose its way so badly was more or less inevitable in their refusal to have ever adjusted to the New Deal.
Add to the New Deal the sharp social and cultural changes we saw both in the 1960s and more recently, and the GOP is in true William F. Buckley mode: ‘Standing athwart history and yelling stop!’
In the end the GOP’s desire to hold onto power without adapting to the changes in the nation sealed their fate as the Party of Treason.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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