Read time: 1 minute

Speaker Ryan: Trump Has To Deal With 'Any Possible Fallout' Over His Personnel Decisions

Speaker Ryan wanted no part of the Trump/Sessions saga and deferred to the power of the presidency and the consequences that followed.
Views:

As the House GOP leaders were holding a press conference, Speaker Ryan was in no mood to discuss Trump's feud with AG Jeff Sessions and deferred to the power of the presidency.

I believe it was MSNBC's Kirsten Welker that asked the first question, "The president appears to be laying the groundwork to fire his Attorney General (garbled) - recess appointment...to fire the special council. Does that concern you?"

Ryan replied, "Look, the president gets to decide what his personnel is, you all know that. He is the executive branch, we're the legislative branch."

"He determines who is hired and fired in the executive branch. That's his prerogative. If he has concerns or questions or problems with the attorney general, I'm sure he will bring them up with him himself, " Speaker Ryan said.

Another reporter asked if it was obstruction of justice if he was fired because [Sessions] recused himself over the Russia investigation?

Speaker Ryan replied, "It's up to the president to decide what his personnel decisions is and any possible fallout that comes from that. If he has concerns about anyone in the administration, I'm sure he is going to talk to them directly."

At first I almost missed it, but he actually said Trump has to deal with the fallout of his personnel decisions, which means he'll have to deal with the mess and - leave me out of it!

Or, more to the point, "clean up your own mess!"

However, Ryan's subtlety is alarming in that he, like many of his GOP allies are all too afraid to engage with the president, who's making a mockery out of the DOJ, FBI, special counsel and independent Russia investigations.

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $20 for 2020? Please consider a one time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage

Comments

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.