As you’ve heard by now, House Speaker Paul Ryan is choosing not to seek re-election and will be retiring from Congress after 2018, according to Ryan’s announced.
“You realize something when you take this job,” Ryan said to reporters. “It’s a big job with a lot riding on you … but you also know this is not a job that does not last forever. … You realize you hold the office for just a small part of our history. So you better make the most of it.”
He also took time to remind reporters that he took the job “reluctantly” 3 years ago after John Boehner left the post, but Paul Ryan also says he has no “regrets.” “I like to think I’ve done my part, my little part in history to set us on a better course,” Ryan said.
There just might be much more to the story than Paul Ryan is saying.
Paul Ryan set the wheels in motion months ago…
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 got demolished in the 2018 midterms, which Paul Ryan undoubtedly realized 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.
Is there something else going on that the public didn’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.
Robert Mueller is investigating the RNC…
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.
Was it a coincidence?
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. It now seems pretty clear that the connections run into Congress too and Paul Ryan just might be one of them.