Paul Ryan—the 'stain' on the conscience of a party that let him rise too high

Paul Ryan—the 'stain' on the conscience of a party that let him rise too high

Nothing is clearer in the era of Trump than the fact that frat-boy-turned-yes-man Paul Ryan is nothing better than a middle manager who rose too high in the leadership hierarchy of a country he is now endangering.

It was bad enough that he failed to ever really challenge Trump's moral and political fitness for office during the 2016 election, but now he is presiding over the destruction of the Constitution he has sworn to uphold and the Article I institution he has been charged with leading.

His recent failure to do anything more than tag Trump's repugnant reference to "shithole countries" as "unfortunate" was shameless. But his continued support for allowing White House errand boy Devin Nunes to spin whatever harebrained conspiracy he can dream up to undermine the country's national security agencies is treasonous.

When Justice Department Trump-appointee Stephen Boyd, an assistant attorney general, finally stepped in on Wednesday with a cautionary letter defending the FBI and our national security against the "reckless" Nunes, he also impugned Ryan, writes CNN.

Boyd also wrote that "wider distribution of the classified information" presumably contained in Nunes' memo would be a "significant deviation" from the Department's agreement with House intel and the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Boyd noted that the Justice Department had turned over more than 1,000 pages of classified material to the House Intelligence committee concerning "the FBI's relationship, if any, with a source and its reliance, if any, on information provided by that source." Presumably Boyd meant Christopher Steele and the dossier Nunes is trying to wield as a weapon of taint against the FBI.

Boyd also pointed out to Nunes that he is leading his committee members to weigh the public release of potentially damaging classified materials that "neither you nor most of them have seen." (Nunes actually delegated the viewing of those materials to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) but hasn’t bothered to review them himself.)

“We do not understand why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the Intelligence Community,” Boyd wrote.