Trump Therapy 26.1 -- The Coverup
There is a reason that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are resisting calls for independent investigations of the Trump campaign connection to Russian interference in the election -- both were complicit in Russia being able to consistently change the narrative in ways that advantaged Donald Trump.
I'm still waiting for someone to ask Ryan, and especially McConnell, why they stopped the public disclosure of the fact that Russia was working to elect Trump. Back on December 9th, the Washington Post reported , that in mid-September...
[Administration officials] made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as “the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.”
The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.
According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.
Some of the Republicans in the briefing also seemed opposed to the idea of going public with such explosive allegations in the final stages of an election
By blocking the public disclosure of Russian interference in the election, GOP leaders wound up being complicit in the successful campaign of Putin and his intelligence services to consistently prevent Hillary Clinton from moving beyond "character" allegations that the GOP had been promoting for over two decades.
On October 7th, the Obama administration finally publicly accused Russia of interference, especially as it concerned the hacking and leaking of information damaging to the Clinton campaign. But rather than claim that Russia was working to elect Trump, the administration merely suggested that Russia was engaged in "actions apparently aimed at sowing discord around the election."
Both McConnell and Ryan had been fully briefed on the truth -- that Russia was working to elect Trump -- but chose to keep that information from the public to advance their own political agendas. Both knew that a Clinton presidency meant that their "privatize Medicare/tax cuts for the rich" agenda would never be accomplished with Clinton in the White House, and both assumed that Trump would be either entirely willing to sign those bills, or could be "managed" into signing them. Both McConnell and Ryan, in other words, consciously colluded with Russia to elect Trump, and now both of them are engaged in covering up their work.
Indeed, neither one will admit that Russian interference had any impact on the election -- despite ignoring calls by leading Democrats like Nancy Pelosi to refrain from using hacked information. And the RNCC -- the Republican National Congressional Committee controlled by Ryan -- as well as a Ryan related "Super-Pac", both use leaked documents in their efforts to win House seats.
And McConnell continues to insist that there was no impact from Russian interference because there is no evidence of hacked voting machines.
The last thing that either Ryan or McConnell want is an examination of how much Trump and the GOP exploited Russia's interference in the election, because any such investigation would reveal that the combined Russia/GOP efforts had significant impact on news coverage -- and by doing so, made it nearly impossible for Clinton to get beyond the "character" issues and have her positive vision for America receive any coverage.