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Ryan: Iím not saying Evan McMullin leaked the audio of our meeting, but Ö
Hot Air ^ | May 19, 2017 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/19/2017 9:41:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Last week, the Washington Post created a 90-minute wonder with a scoop: leaked audio from a meeting of House Republicans supposedly contained an admission from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that Vladimir Putin had paid off Donald Trump. It became painfully obvious that McCarthy and several Republicans were joking during this exchange, but at least for a brief period of time, it was hot news. It did leave another question, though — who was the leaker? Hugh Hewitt asked Paul Ryan about the whodunit this morning, and whether he believed the rumor that former Capitol Hill staffer-turned-presidential candidate Evan McMullin engineered it.

Ryan … didn’t exactly debunk the idea:

HH: Second story alleged that you’re worried about tape recordings of leadership meetings. True or false?

PR: Well, that was, it was, I’ve never seen anything like this. There was somebody who taped a meeting a year ago where our Majority Leader cracked a joke, and then they released the tape of that joke out just a few days ago. And that’s a pretty bizarre thing to happen, so obviously that’s a cause of concern of ours.

HH: Do you believe it was Evan McMullin?

PR: I’m not going to speculate on who that is. That’s the name most people, you know, you hear about.

It’s possible, but probably impossible to prove or disprove without an admission by the culprit, whomever it might be. One question would be when the joking took place. McMullin worked as an adviser to House Republicans until he launched his independent bid in August 2016. The Trump-Putin payoff accusations didn’t really start up until two weeks after McMullin got in the race, though, when Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook first launched them as a way to distract from questions about the Clinton Foundation. Before that, Trump got plenty of criticism for praising Putin’s brand of leadership, but the collusion/payoff accusations came later on. This example of gallows humor from Republican leadership might not have had much inspiration by the time McMullin left, but who knows?

Hewitt also focused on a controversy over the status of the ObamaCare repeal bill. When the House finally muscled up a legislative majority to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) two weeks ago, it appeared that one of the primary motivations was to get it off their hands. Yesterday, however, Bloomberg News reported that the ObamaCare bill never made it over to the Senate. It got caught up in waiting for the CBO scoring, which has taken long enough that it could require another House vote to push it to the upper chamber.

Ryan disputed that analysis, and told Hugh Hewitt that the House held the bill out of “an abundance of caution”:

HH: Do you have to revote the American Health Care Act as has been reported because of missing targets?

PR: No, we don’t think that’s the case. What we’re doing is very, very, you know, it’s just a technical non-issue, is what it is. It’s we’re just out of an abundance of caution, we’re waiting to send the bill to the Senate for the final CBO score. The CBO score basically has to be in deficit compliance, meaning it can’t produce a deficit. It has to save. And the last CBO score we had, it saved $150 billion dollars. The only change that we’ve made since that CBO score was an $8 billion dollar amendment. So, but we just want to, out of an abundance of caution, wait to send the bill over to the Senate when we get the final score. So we’re just basically being overly-cautious, but there’s really kind of a non-issue here.

If that was the case, then why rush the vote before getting the CBO score at all? The answer to that question is obvious — once you’ve successfully herded the cats, you don’t wait three weeks to put them in the corral. As it was, the bill only passed on a 217-213 vote, so Ryan didn’t have much room to wait around for the CBO score.

But why would waiting be a problem, anyway? The only real procedural obstacle on sending a bill from one chamber to another is an end of the session, in which case the new Congress has to start over entirely. There is a timing issue on bills sent from the full Congress to the White House for presidential signatures — ten days of the Congressional session after full passage, after which a bill becomes law with or without a signature, unless specifically vetoed. If a recess occurs before the ten days are up, however, the inaction becomes what’s known as a “pocket veto” and the bill dies. But there are no such timing issues within a Congressional session between the House and Senate.

The assumption in this case would be that the House would have to revote to fix the bill if the CBO didn’t find a deficit reduction of at least $2 billion, the threshold to qualify for reconciliation. That was highly unlikely anyway; Ryan’s calculations above echo what Bloomberg reported in its piece. But even if the CBO does somehow find no deficit savings in this version, the Senate could have rewritten the bill anyway to address it without a revote first in the House on new language. And in this case, we can already expect the Senate to rewrite much of the AHCA while keeping the shell of it in place, in order to satisfy the origination clause in Article I Section 7 on revenue.

Ryan’s wrong about one thing, though. In the end, the House will need a do-over on the AHCA, but only after the Senate rewrites it. We’ll see whether Ryan’s skill at cat herding remains at its peak when that time comes.


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: congress; eggmcmuffin; mccarthy; obamacare; republicans; ryan; trump
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1 posted on 05/19/2017 9:41:10 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m not saying it’s aliens ... but it’s aliens.


2 posted on 05/19/2017 9:44:00 AM PDT by House Atreides (Send BOTH Hillary & Bill to prison.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

why was mcmullin in the meeting?????


3 posted on 05/19/2017 9:44:30 AM PDT by meridenite
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Evan McMullin has been nothing but a devious little never-Trump prick since he first came on the scene last year as Romney’s sock-puppet.


4 posted on 05/19/2017 9:48:01 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: meridenite

I think someone leaked it to him and he leaked it to the media.


5 posted on 05/19/2017 9:48:56 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: meridenite

From what I understand they let their former staffers in on high-level meetings. Based on that, I should be welcome at the Pentagon for briefings on North Korea.


6 posted on 05/19/2017 9:49:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Nope. He was there.


7 posted on 05/19/2017 9:49:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; House Atreides

8 posted on 05/19/2017 9:52:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (Profanity is the sound of an ignorant mind trying to express itself.............)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Evan McMuffin!!!!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cz2_knNVQAA8kvm.jpg:large


9 posted on 05/19/2017 9:53:29 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Nope. He was there.”

Exactly and IMHO McMuffin is the best bet for the leaker. I would even go so far as to put money on it.


10 posted on 05/19/2017 9:55:18 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And in this case, we can already expect the Senate to rewrite much of the AHCA while keeping the shell of it in place, in order to satisfy the origination clause in Article I Section 7 on revenue.
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As if that made any difference to the Democrats when they passed Obamacare. It originated in the Senate.


11 posted on 05/19/2017 9:56:47 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: miss marmelstein
I think someone leaked it to him and he leaked it to the media.

Obama probably has had both the NSA and CIA wiretapping everyone for years.

12 posted on 05/19/2017 10:00:09 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whether from McMillan or not, Ryan and McCarthy should resign. They are a disservice to Republicans, even RINOs. Time they go!


13 posted on 05/19/2017 10:00:22 AM PDT by Reno89519 (Drain the Swamp is not party specific. Lyn' Ted is still a liar, Good riddance to him.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ok; I stand corrected. Paul Ryan is STILL an idiot, though.


14 posted on 05/19/2017 10:01:07 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This inarticulate mind is the Speaker of the House...?

“...PR: No, we don’t think that’s the case. What we’re doing is very, very, you know, it’s just a technical non-issue, is what it is. It’s we’re just out of an abundance of caution, we’re waiting to send the bill to the Senate for the final CBO score...”


15 posted on 05/19/2017 10:02:44 AM PDT by The Westerner (Protect the most vulnerable: get the government out of medicine and education!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It very well could have been McMuffin however, with all the eavesdropping and wiretapping organized by the Deep State, along with the ability to hack into a cell phone and activate the microphone, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that every conversation with every member of both Houses exists from the last 8 years.


16 posted on 05/19/2017 10:09:38 AM PDT by capydick (¬ďWithin the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.)
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To: capydick

McMullin always creeped me out. HE was CIA don’t forget.


17 posted on 05/19/2017 10:36:19 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sent Ryan a tweet a few days ago telling him it was his job/responsibility to find the leaker and refer him/her for appropriate punishment.


18 posted on 05/19/2017 10:49:32 AM PDT by LTC.Ret
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wasn’t this Cheeto-heads candidate?


19 posted on 05/19/2017 10:53:38 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This article makes me hungry for McDonald's breakfast.
20 posted on 05/19/2017 12:29:57 PM PDT by cowboyusa
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