If there is one thing we’ve learned about Washington D.C. in the past year, i’s that you simply can’t trust anyone.
Sure, similar sentiments purporting that the Washington elite are nothing but a tangled mess of snakes in the grass have been around since the dawn of our democracy. Just because we’ve heard these accusations before doesn’t make them untrue, however.
Between the Wikileaks disclosures that rocked the 2016 U.S. presidential election, to the flood of insider information currently slithering in and out of the mouths of capital dwellers on the beltway, Americans have had unprecedented access to previously hidden truths regarding our leadership for the better part of the last year. With this wealth of information comes a veritable treasure trove of immediate results: Hillary Clinton was soundly defeated by Donald Trump thanks, in no small part, to the litany of evidence of her political corruption, for example.
Now, however, a much more petty, and telling package of data is hitting the streets of Washington D.C., threatening to expose congressional elitists’ oft-rumored duality of dialogue. One such government ghoul, whose guile has now been brought to the surface, is current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“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.
“’There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,’ McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016 exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.
“House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.
“Some of the lawmakers laughed at McCarthy’s comment. Then McCarthy quickly added: ‘Swear to God.’
“Ryan instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: ‘No leaks…This is how we know we’re a real family here.’
“The remarks remained secret for nearly a year.”
While McCarthy’s comments were certainly shocking, especially given his “swear to God” backup, Paul Ryan’s assertion that he is part of the “republican family” will certainly ruffle some feathers as news of this conversation spreads.
Ryan has had a difficult time committing himself entirely to President Trump in these first 100+ days of his administration, often being caught with contradictory opinions and statements regarding The Donald. Now, with leaks abound in ol’ Washington Town, Paul Ryan may need to rid his closet of skeletons before the next tidbit of information has Trump demanding that he clean out his desk and meet James Comey in the unemployment line.