You know, it's funny how often people tend to forget the old Walter Scott line, "O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive." Or, if they do remember it, they tend to just ignore it. It's also funny to see that in a group as secretive and conspiratorial as the Republican party, they just don't seem to trust each other all that much.
For the last year now, the Republican party on Capitol Hill has been ridiculing the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, pooh-poohing it's credibility, and claiming to be "shocked, SHOCKED' by the implication that their Groper in Chief could have run his Presidential campaign as anything but the gold standard of integrity. Hey! Anybody want a side of hypocrisy to go along with their cynicism today? It's on me. There's just one small problem with this assertion. The GOP is full of shit.
We know this by the simplest means possible. At least one of them told us out of his own little weasel mouth, only in all fairness, at the time he said it, he didn't know he was makinga public announcement. He thought he was speaking confidentially in front of close friends and colleagues. The culprit was none other than the House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy. To quote an article published in the Los Angeles Times on May 11, 2017;
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said in the recording of a June 15 exchange obtained and published by the Washington Post. At that point, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) cut off the conversation and swore those present to secrecy.
Whoa! Now, California congressman Dana Rohrabacher is kind of low hanging fruit. He's been covered in Kremlin pocket lint for years now. But Donald Trump? Their party's presumptive nominee? Where in the hell did that come from?
There are a couple of very interesting things to consider here. First, this meeting occurred on June 15, 2016. This was before any kind of announcement of poffible Ruaaia entanglements in the upcoming election, and if you follow the timeline, before the FBI even initiated its investigation into the possibility of Russian collusion with any campaign. How would Kevin McCarthy know such a thing? Second, according to the reporting, there was no shock and outrage to McCarthy's comment. There were a couple of groans, and some nervous laughter int he background. At which point McCarthy earnestly said, "No, it's true. I swear to God." Now, being an Irish Roman Catholic, I know that's the big boy. That's the one you pull out when you don't want to be doubted any longer. You never toss in an "I swear to God" when you're lying your ass off. So, it was not a joke inquestionable taste, as both McCarthy and Ryan later claimed. And last, Ryan showed no shock or outrage, instead he cut McCarthy off and demanded secrecy. In response he said someting like"That doesn't leave this room. Remember, what happens in the family, stays in the family".Apparently, this came as no surprise to Ryan, if anything he was surprised that McCarthy either knew of it or had the audacity to bring it up.
And how did we come to learn this little pearl from swine? Because the conversation was covertly recorded by one of the participants. Man, talk about honor among thieves! Not only was it recorded, but the participant, for whatever reason, decided to share it with reporters from the Washington Post, letting them listento the recording, although not letting them make their own copy. Why would this person do something that he knew would cause the conversation to become public?
So there you have it. The next time a
Republican says they know nothing about collusion with Russia,
suggest they check with either Paul Ryan or Kevin McCarthy, they
seem to have gotten the memo. And one more thing. If, in the future
you hear of either McCarthy or Ryan getting an invitation from
Robert Mueller III for a little fireside chat, I think you can take
it for granted that like me, he hasn't forgotten this conversation