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Donald Trump complains that Republicans in Congress are ungrateful for all he has done for their party. But that’s not true of every Republican, and no one is faster to salute than Paul Ryan.

Reporter: The President appears to be laying the groundwork to fire his attorney general then make a recess appointment of someone who could fire the special counsel. Does that concern you? Is there anything you could do to stop it?

Ryan: Look, the president gets to decide what his personnel is, you all know that. He’s the executive branch, we’re the legislative branch. He determines who gets hired and fired in the executive branch, that’s his prerogative. 

The answer to the reporter’s questions? Nope, Paul Ryan isn’t concerned that Donald Trump is going to turn on his attorney general for the high crime of not preventing an investigation of Trump. And while there are things Ryan might do … he’s not going to lift a finger. 

Reporter: But would that be obstruction of justice if he was firing him because he recused himself from the Russia investigation?

Ryan: It’s up to the president to decide what his personnel decision is and any possible fallout that comes with that.  

Go right ahead, Donald. Paul Ryan wants to show you where his loyalties are—and they’re certainly not with the country or with justice. Just you, dear leader. Just you. He’s not going to act to save Sessions, and he’s certainly not going to protect the special counsel.

President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks. …

Replacing Sessions is seen by some Trump associates as potentially being part of a strategy to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and end his investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly.

Once the Justice Department has been properly subverted to being another branch of Trump’s private attorneys, and once they’ve focused their attention on attacking Hillary, as Trump has been insisting with increasing frequency, Donald Trump will surely remember Paul Ryan’s unwavering support. Just like he remembered Jeff Sessions’.

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