Republican Party

Paul Ryan Will Never Stop Covering for Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If you asked me I'd say Trump resigning from office is far more likely than his impeachment because the simple truth is Republicans control Congress. Impeachment would have to be approved by Speaker Paul Ryan, a man who will never stop making excuses for Trump.

Referring to FBI Director James Comey's testimony, Ryan said Trump is just "new to this."

“I would just say that of course there needs to be a degree of independence between [the Department of Justice], FBI and the White House and a line of communications established. The president’s new at this. He’s new to government, and so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, FBI and White Houses. He’s just new to this.

This is where Republicans are at now. Their best defense of their leader includes publicly stating that he has no idea what he's doing. He's just a big dumbass, they say. He knows not what he does.

As you know, ignorance is not an acceptable defense for committing a crime.

  • Frigging NPR is phrasing this as a debate over the use of the term “Hope”. Instead they should be reporting this as an exclusively GOP viewpoint and then discussing the subtext and the pattern. They completely ignored that part, which is crucial to understanding it was an order. They also missed the point that the most powerful man in the world saying “I hope you will do what I want” is not the same as the average person saying the same thing. And that’s the whole point of this entire investigation. By virtue of his position, regardless of what Trump did or did not understand about the law, what he says to any US citizen carries great weight and import. Anyone in the position of the Presidency has a legal and ethical duty to not abuse that power and this was an abuse, plain and simple. It’s infuriating to me that the GOP will let this stand. They are the worst kind of traitors because they’re willing to sacrifice the rule of law to stay in power. It’s disgusting.

    And then the cherry on the sundae was they interviewed a couple of Russians, a internet guru and a former KGB spy and they both said they didn’t believe Putin ordered the hacking (for different reasons, of course). I could give a flying f*ck about what ANY Russian thinks. No one in that country gets to weigh in on this and even if they do, they won’t tell the truth because Putin can have them killed with total impunity. So they can just STFUSTFD.

    PS: Can you tell I’m angry?

  • Badgerite

    Oh dear God. What trump intended to do was to shut down a valid investigation of criminal activity by a member of his campaign and later his administration. This isn’t a matter of “protocol”. The intent to do this, which is clear from everything about the encounter Comey describes most especially his making every one else leave the room when he did this, is what is important. And that intent is clear. It doesn’t matter how familiar he is with the law. The intent to do the act, which is to obstruct or otherwise shut down the Russia investigation, is what is important here.
    What is required for this type of crime is mens rea ( the mental state or intent to commit the act) and actus rea (taking the action to further the intent). Both are obviously present here.
    The intent was to shut down the investigation of Flynn, which is clear from what he said to Comey, and the action was to tell Comey he wanted him to drop the investigation. That is clear obstruction of justice with both the act and the intent present. “Protocol” has nothing whatsoever to do with the law. Nothing. The Speaker is engaging in nonsensical gibberish. And to cover this up, you would have to be a dishonest douche. Period. “New to this”? New to what, criminal activity? You know, I don’t really think that is true. I think he has engaged in criminal activity for some time.
    And I am absolutely sure that this is just the tip of a rather corrupt and disgusting iceberg called the Trump Monster.

  • Badgerite

    I have to say, Director Comey really stepped up today. All of his 6’8″, maybe 7′ frame today.

    • David Greenberg

      I actually think Comey is as much a narcissist as Trump. He had no trouble politicizing the FBI when he apparently didn’t want HRC elected. Now he has found to his dismay exactly who and what Trump is. He definitely didn’t do the right thing up front which would have been to tell Trump to go fuck himself. He then went on to leak his story after railing against leakers in his pompous self righteous manner. He’s a typical republican. Anything’s okay if it suits his purpose. Now he’s out to get even with Trump and I’m okay with that.

      • I thought that at first too but after hearing him testify yesterday and his explanation about advising Trump that they shouldn’t look further into the pee pee tape, I’m not as sure. I think he thought he had a duty to report to the public since the public already knew about the investigation. I think he thought he was damned if he did say something and damned if he didn’t. But I’m reserving judgement, haven’t completely made up my mind.

  • Draxiar

    I heard this and wanted to throw Mjolnir at his smug fucking face.

    1) The President doesn’t get a pass for being new. Sure there’s a learning curve for it but that’s usually in regards to navigating politics. When you’re hired for a job you’re expected to know how to fucking do it.
    2) This is what happens when we elect a businessman (and a bad one) to be president and run the country like a business.
    3) If he’s so new to politics shouldn’t he exercise some caution in regards to questionable actions? Which leads me to…
    4) It’s not about being new to politics! It’s about goddamn ethics!

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  • Badgerite

    https://twitter.com/Shakestweetz/status/872894081873190914

    Witnesses, of course. Consciousness of guilt. Intent. And whatnot.

    • Abso-f*cking-lutely! Any prosecutor worth their salt would use that as evidence of intent.

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  • muselet

    “I would just say that of course there needs to be a degree of independence between [the Department of Justice], FBI and the White House and a line of communications established.”

    “A degree of independence.” This from one of the smart Rs (ask him yourself if you don’t believe it).

    “The president’s new at this. He’s new to government, and so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, FBI and White Houses. He’s just new to this.”

    “You can’t blame Donald Trump for interfering with an ongoing FBI investigation or his blatant obstruction of justice! He’s an amateur! Nothing to see here!”

    Paul Ryan knows full well he’s defending the indefensible, but he doesn’t care because Donald Trump has an R after his name. Facts don’t matter, laws don’t matter, all that matters is tribe. And the potential for deep tax cuts for the rich.

    –alopecia

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    Ryan is completely shameless. I can only imagine his response if any Democrat used that as an excuse for any action of Clinton or Obama. If only Wisconsinites could buck up and vote him out, would love to see him out on his rear.

    • Scopedog

      And I believe that his district will vote his ass out next year. He doesn’t go to town hall meetings, his office doesn’t answer calls–the bastard doesn’t give a flying fuck about anyone except the rich and his own ass.

  • Badgerite

    Yeah. You would have to be a flaming idiot not to know what trump was doing.
    He was attempting to shut down an investigation into his National Intelligence Director and whether that person violated the law. The “new to this” line of defense to obstruction of justice is akin to the idea that the “he’s a good guy” statement by trump somehow makes his attempt to shut down that investigation something other than obstruction of justice. An attempt on his part to interfere and shut down legitimate FBI investigations. And BTW, the FBI Director is supposed to be loyal to the law.
    Not to a person. Ryan is a douche. Clearer all the time.

  • gescove

    Yeah… exactly how is “I didn’t know it was against the law” an acceptable defense? These craven Republicans have proven they will unhesitatingly abase themselves to pursue their depraved agenda on behalf of the billionaire class and the corporatocracy.

    • Badgerite

      Not only is “he’s new to this” not a defense to obstruction of justice, it isn’t like the guy is an indigent with no lawyers about to advise him. Now is it?
      It is part of the job to find out what the law is and abide by it. Unless, of course, not abiding by the law and not being held accountable by the law is the point of the endeavor in the first place.

      • That occurred to me too, the point about his having attorneys. When Comey talked about Session’s reaction (the “What can I do about it” impression Comey interpreted), I was astonished. When Trump told everyone to leave the room Sessions should have stood his ground and advised him by saying, “Sir, it is improper for you to meet with Dir. Comey alone. I am his superior and if there is something you need to say to him, you must communicate it to me. Etc, Etc.” That’s his fucking job! Instead he went out of the room like the good lap dog he is. At worst Trump would have gotten mad and fired him. At best he would have listened to him. But either way, it was the right thing to do. Sessions and all those GOP ass kissers are literally incapable of doing their jobs. I can’t for the life of me understand Session’s thinking on this. Of course, I’ve never played the role of toady before either.