No one is keener than Paul Ryan to put an end to the House Intelligence Committee's woefully partisan inquiry into Russia's hacking of the 2016 election. Ryan's spokesperson AshLee Strong accused House Democrats of wanting it to "go on forever" before making the case that the only "responsible" thing to do was end it.
It is also the Committee's responsibility to provide recommendations to Congress to ensure what took place last election never happens again. The only responsible outcome would be to get those Committee recommendations in time to implement them before the election coming just this year.
What's that, you say? Republicans are suddenly concerned about preventing "what took place" with the Russia hacking last election by ... er ... indicting the FBI and special counsel investigating the interference. Just wow, Paul, that should really put the kibosh on Vladimir Putin's ambitions.
With help from his bestie Ryan, House Intel chair and White House errand boy Devin Nunes now has a deal to get his hot little hands on certain FBI documents he has been desperately seeking to smear the Russia investigation.
At the same time, two House "Freedom" Caucus members not only made the case for a swift conclusion to the House inquiry in a Thursday op-ed, they proceeded to set their sights on the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he doesn't start cracking heads and taking names at the FBI to put end to the rampant corruption they claim has gripped the agency.
It’s amid this chaotic mess that House Republicans, led by Ryan, are ready to bring this wild ride to a screeching halt. Nothing to see here.
GOP leaders on the House panel are eager to wrap up the investigation soon, with influential Republicans saying the exhaustive review has dug through thousands of documents and interviewed virtually every major witness and has found scant evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to meddle in the 2016 elections.