The list of high-level Republicans ensnared by the scandal surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election keeps growing by the day, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI both pursue leads and interview key players, despite reported attempts by Republicans to impede the investigation.
And it isn’t just Donald Trump, his cabinet, and his campaign/administration staffers embroiled in the alleged corruption. It also extends to many in the United States Congress. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R. WI) may be in some hot water in the case as well.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray both met with Speaker Paul Ryan on last Wednesday to talk about the House Russia investigation, a GOP aide has confirmed. Mr. Rosenstein was escorted by his security detail as he passed by numerous reporters who were staking out budget negotiations between top White House officials and top congressional leaders.
The aide said the meeting in the Speaker’s office came at the request of Rosenstein and Wray. “Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and FBI Director Wray asked to meet with the speaker and we accommodated the request,” Paul Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email. “I’d refer you to their offices for anything further.”
We now know the meeting was to discuss House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. For months now, Nunes has slammed the DOJ over what he says is a deliberate effort to ignore requests for information on the “Steele dossier.”
In a letter to Rosenstein last week, Nunes said the DOJ’s initial response as “disingenuous at best,” claiming that “at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves.”
Late Wednesday night, Nunes said that DOJ had agreed to provide the Intelligence Committee with “access to all the documents and witnesses we have requested.” The deal was announced after a conversation between Nunes and Rosenstein, the chairman said. “The committee looks forward to receiving access to the documents over the coming days,” Nunes said in a statement, however, it is reported that Nunes did not attend the meeting in Paul Ryan’s office.
No other information about the meeting and what was discussed was immediately made known, but Scott Dworkin with the Democratic Coalition tweeted the following:
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 6, 2018
Could this also be why Paul Ryan has recently hinted at retirement? The House Speaker had to know he would eventually be brought into the fray after the notorious Washington Post exposé of Ryan swearing fellow Republicans to secrecy after Kevin McCarthy said, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” There was immediate denial from Paul Ryan camp’s followed by more lies, then incremental admission and excuses. All of this as The Washington Post continued to present their evidence, including the verified audio of the actual conversation, which had been thoroughly vetted for authenticity.
Ryan had to know that alone would have put him in Mueller’s cross-hairs, right?