House Republicans KNEW Trump got illegal help from Putin, they’re on tape laughing about it.

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Amidst all the recent news, we all seem to have forgotten a news story from a year ago.

Senior Republican leaders, including Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy knew, they KNEW, the Trump campaign was illegally receiving assistance from the Putin regime. They openly discussed it in conference, and they laughed about it. We know because there’s a tape.

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. […]

That’s when McCarthy brought the conversation about Russian meddling around to the DNC hack, Trump and Rohrabacher.

“I’ll guarantee you that’s what it is. . . . The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp [opposition] research that they had on Trump,” McCarthy said with a laugh.

Ryan asked who the Russians “delivered” the opposition research to.

“There’s . . . there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, drawing some laughter. “Swear to God,” McCarthy added.

“This is an off the record,” Ryan said.

Some lawmakers laughed at that.

“No leaks, all right?,” Ryan said, adding: “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

“That’s how you know that we’re tight,” Scalise said.

“What’s said in the family stays in the family,” Ryan added.

— www.washingtonpost.com/…

 

There is so much news every day, that I’d almost forgotten it. Then I was reminded about it in an excellent article by Ryan Cooper which is well worth ten minutes to read. In it, Cooper is clear-eyed and devastating about what this scandal tells us about our country and its politics:

Russia is the proximate main actor here. But at bottom, this is a story about American corruption. The Russians learned it’s trivially easy to buy or suborn the American political establishment, particularly on the right, and perhaps even turn the vast power of the American state to their own devices. In a democracy, authority should be derived from the consent of the governed, but it turns out the Republican Party — in between purple-faced shrieks about defending the Constitution from liberal tyranny — will absolutely forsake the most elementary American political principles in a heartbeat for partisan advantage.

Russiagate is a story about a criminal-riddled presidential campaign that was positively eager to trade foreign policy favors for hacked oppo research from a foreign power; a story of a political party leadership that laughed over the idea behind closed doors and successfully intimidated the incumbent government from discussing the story fully; and a story of a party electorate that has fed on bilious hatred for liberals and nutball conspiracy theories for so long they have completely lost sight of basic democratic values. — theweek.com/…

Cooper closes by saying there must be a reckoning (another fine piece by him). Powerful people who have abused their power must go to jail for the crimes they have committed.

We cannot bear another round of the collegial amnesty that was bestowed on Bush administration torturers and senior bankers who knowingly abetted fraud.

If we are to recover from the current epidemic of corruption, there must be a reckoning. Yet, no reckoning is possible without a victory in the 2018 elections. So I implore you to find a campaign you believe in, and work to make it successful.

 

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12 Comments on "House Republicans KNEW Trump got illegal help from Putin, they’re on tape laughing about it."

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

They all should be tried and imprisoned. They are making a mockery of our government and getting rich at the same time. And “We the people” are allowing it to happen. They are making fools of us with an enemy of the country. We are to damn stupid to question their loyalty. This country is sick and needs a wake up car bad.

Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason

“They all should be tried and imprisoned. They are making a mockery of our government….”
Unfortunately, the mockery will escalate when Donnie John pardons them all.

Dave
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Dave

I spell ‘reckoning’ as REVOLUTION. Time to rise up sleepy-heads.

NoSurprise
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NoSurprise

The philosophy is ‘anything goes’….that’s what this administration has come down to. If no one understands the significance of that they are likely in the Trump base.

Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason

Well, folks, welcome to the “United Soviet Socialist Republic of America”.

Vincent Brown
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Vincent Brown
I have to believe that Mueller has a copy of that tape and he is including it in the evidence of conspiracy and corruption against Trump. Trump himself knows that he got an assist from Putin because they discussed it and they planned it and ultimately they executed it to perfection. Trump is a farce and his presidency is illegitimate and all of his followers know deep down inside that without the aid of Russia he would not be in office today. They can plainly see is outlandish actions and his irrational rantings as the behavior of a very guilty… Read more »
Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason
“It seems like they have reached the point of no return in their commitment to Trump so they have to adhere to the script that Trump dictates no matter how stupid it makes them look to keep hanging on.” Not to mention that as long as Donnie John remains in office, they get to pass many of their ill-construed bills into laws, because Donnie John has NO clue what is written in those bills and just signs them willy-nilly. Much like the Trump tax scam that he had no idea what was written into it. Nooooo, they want their moron-in-chief… Read more »
Reeby
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Reeby

That’s why they’re trying to stack the deck with as many loyalists as possible and Trump continues to rail against the media because they hold the GOP accountable with information and facts. If they thought they could get away with total media control then they could be in total control of all of us. No more Democracy that’s why we have got to vote and speak up. We must preserve our freedoms for all people not just for the little GOP. Laugh on it won’t be very funny in the end.

Jack Wilson
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Jack Wilson

You do know the Republican Party is now the GOPP (grand old Putin party).

John M.Sheehan
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John M.Sheehan

Corruption flourishes where greed and stupidity reign and are supported by pathetically ignorant and eager to be deceived, functionally illiterate sheeple. Never forget a significant % of the folk believe Earth is less than 7000 years old and a mythical 900-year-old man and his incestuous family were the sole survivors of a ‘magical’ worldwide flood.

Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason

“Never forget a significant % of the folk believe Earth is less than 7000 years old…..”
And it is STILL as flat as it ever was, heh?

krystina guidish
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krystina guidish

it’s starting to look like we need to replace every republican id D.C.