I’ve been thinking more about the story that Speaker Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver Paul Ryan tried to make Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s little joke about who is on the Russian’s Payroll an off-the-record moment:
“No leaks. … This is how we know we’re a real family here.”
“…like the Gambinos,” he didn’t add, but should have.
At first I just tossed the story aside, but it seems more ominous to me now, because of the way ZEGS is using a Trump-style changing of the subject:
Friday morning, Ryan told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that the recording was “a cause of concern” for him and other Republicans.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” the speaker said. “There was somebody who taped a meeting a year ago where our majority leader cracked a joke and then they released the tape of that joke out just a few days ago and that’s a pretty bizarre thing to happen. So obviously that’s a cause of concern of ours.”
Get that: it’s no longer what was said, he wants the story to be that there is a leaker in the caucus and that person must be found and punished (or sumpin’).
Let’s look at a timeline of who knew what and when (I’m certain that there must be more points of interest on the path, but I could easily find these):
- Reuters in 2016: “U.S. intelligence officials told top congressional leaders a year ago [Ed. – so that makes it 2015! — TG] that Russian hackers were attacking the Democratic Party, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, but the lawmakers were unable to tell the targets about the hacking because the information was so secret.”
- June 2016: McCarthy’s “joke” is told, and Ryan starts a cover-up, or at least plausible deniability.
- NYTmes: WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. told senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until after Mr. Trump’s victory months later, former government officials say.
- WaPo: In September [Ed. – 2016], during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present.
So the GOP leadership knew since 2015 and into the GOP Convention that Russia was working to get their favorite asset elected, known henceforth as The Russian Usurper; and as you may recall, ZEGS was the damn chairman of the convention.
So ZEGS is just spouting off BS that this Russian Payroll thing was a joke. This is something that he knew to be true at the time and knows that it is true today. He’s complicit in this. As is totally amoral and amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell. I hope that the FBI is looking into them, because there is absolutely smoke and fire there.