Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ryan Does A Ryan

We know what Paul Ryan is. Now we're just haggling over the price.

This is nothing new. Joe Scarborough

on Monday singled out Stephen Miller, saying President Trump's senior adviser had gone on a "power trip."

"Why did Stephen Miller fight so hard to put out this order on Friday without talking to any of the other agencies?" Scarborough asked Monday during MSNBC's "Morning Joe," referring to the president's immigration executive order.

"It was Stephen Miller sitting in the White House saying, 'We're not going to go to the other agencies. We're not going to talk to the lawyers. We're going to do this all alone,'" Scarborough continued.

Scarborough's suspicion that Stephen Miller was a lone wolf turned out to be inaccurate, however, for we learned that evening

Senior staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped Donald Trump's top aides draft the executive order curbing immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, but the Republican committee chairman and party leadership were not informed, according to multiple sources involved in the process.

The news of their involvement helps unlock the mystery of whether the White House consulted Capitol Hill about the executive order, one of many questions raised in the days after it was unveiled on Friday. It confirms that the small group of staffers were among the only people on Capitol Hill who knew of the looming controversial policy.

Not only was this done in secret but

The work of the committee aides began during the transition period after the election and before Donald Trump was sworn in. The staffers signed nondisclosure agreements, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Trump's transition operation forced its staff to sign these agreements, but it would be unusual to extend that requirement to congressional employees. Rexrode declined to comment on the nondisclosure pacts.

"It’s extremely rare for administration officials," Politico continues, "to circumvent Republican leadership and work directly with congressional committee aides. "

Ah, yes, but  this is an extremely rare Administration. The staffers signed nondisclosure agreements. The regime considers as enemies not only foreign refugees, but also elected representatives of the American people, the latter to be lumped with the American people in being denied anything other than "alternative facts."

The following morning, the second most powerful Republican in the nation pulled a Ryan, when in a news conference

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) would not discuss a report revealing that staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped with President Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.

"Congressional staffers help the administration all the time," Ryan said when asked about the report.

No one knows whether Ryan actually supports the ban, and it might not matter. Paul Ryan would turn his best friend over to Al Qaeda if it meant he could eliminate the estate tax, privatize Social Security, or turn Medicaid into bloc grants so that states themselves can stiff the poor, without his fingerprints on the murder weapon. We know what he is, and his price, negotiated already or not, will be steep.

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