Even as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was pushing to get popular vote loser Donald Trump’s tax scam bill passed through the House, he started talking about quitting Congress after this term, which was odd.
While that’s not exactly like Picasso losing his brush or the Beatles losing Paul McCartney, it is a strange move for a young, successful, powerful member of Congress to suddenly want to pack it in and leave.
Republicans are likely going to get demolished in the 2018 midterms, which Paul Ryan undoubtedly realizes and would lead to him losing his Speaker of the House position to a Democrat. That alone might be enough for Paul Ryan to quit down the road, but it makes no sense whatsoever for him to release to the public that he is considering retiring almost a year in advance.
There had to be something else going on that the public doesn’t know. Up until recently, we had no hints as to what that could have been, but based on what was just learned about the Robert Mueller investigation, it’s starting to all make sense.
Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News is reporting that in the last few week, Mueller prosecutors “have begun questioning Republican National Committee staffers about the party digital operation that worked with the Trump campaign to target voters in key swing states.
They are seeking to determine if the joint effort was related to the activities of Russian trolls and bots aimed at influencing the American electorate, according to two of the sources.
Paul Ryan is one of the most powerful people in the Republican party due to his Speaker of the House position. If people within the RNC were involved in illegal activities, it’s virtually impossible that Paul Ryan didn’t know about it in some way.
Bill Palmer points out, “Now we can see that the timeline matches up. Paul Ryan began floating the idea of quitting Congress just as Robert Mueller began investigating the Republican National Committee for its role in the Trump-Russia campaign.
Even if Ryan wasn’t an active co-conspirator, he had to have known – and that alone will be enough to sink him politically once it comes out. It’s why he publicly planted the notion that he might retire to spend time with his family anyway. He wanted to lay that groundwork in case he needs to suddenly resign before the ugly news breaks about him.”
The list of people that are going down with Trump in this Russia scandal seems to be growing by the day. Not only is Trump and most of his cabinet and White House tied up in it, now it seems pretty clear the connections run into Congress too.