During an interview on CBS This Morning, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made a false statement about House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes’s source being a “whistleblower type person,” which is a reason for an independent investigation into the role of the Speaker in the effort to cover-up the Russia scandal.
Ryan told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell, “He had told me that like a whistle blower-type person had given him some information that was new that spoke to the last administration and part of this investigation. He briefed me about it. Didn’t know the content of it. Only knew the nature of it and that he was going to brief others.”
Ryan said that he never saw the documents himself, and didn’t tell Nunes to go brief Trump, but then he added, “He was going to go and brief everybody. I already knew he was going to brief.” So, Ryan didn’t have to tell Nunes to go to Trump, because he already knew that Nunes was going to brief the White House.
Speaker Ryan is both covering for Nunes with the “whistle blower type” language and also giving himself plausible deniability by suggesting that he didn’t know who Nunes was going to brief or what he was going to say.
There is no legal definition of a whistle blower type person. The federal law is very clear. A whistle blower a person who works for the federal government and reports agency misconduct. One either is or isn’t a whistle blower. Ryan was attempting to imply that Nunes’s source was a whistle blower, but the source isn’t whistle blowing, most likely because the source is the White House and the target of an investigation can’t also be a whistle blower.
The reality is that Paul Ryan is compromised. The Speaker of the House can’t be trusted to oversee an objective investigation into the Russia scandal. It is growing more obvious by the day that the Republican majority in the House is trying to cover-up the scandal of the Republican in the White House. House Republicans have abandoned their oversight obligations to engage in a partisan cover-up to protect Trump.
The behavior of Ryan and Nunes is why the country needs an independent investigation that will look at Trump, Russia, and the role of congressional Republicans who could be attempting to cover up the scandal.
Rep. Ryan (R-WI) has welded himself to Trump and his scandal. For this reason, if Donald Trump goes down, he is likely to take Paul Ryan with him.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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