In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke about the scandal involving Hillary Clinton, which came to light after whistleblower Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile went public by releasing excerpts from her upcoming book.
Purportedly, in 2015 the Clinton campaign made a deal with the DNC to give it money—initially a $1.2 million down payment—in exchange for the right to have input over key decisions within the committee, including hiring, spending and strategic research, according to Fox News.
The deal essentially eliminated any potential primary challenger’s chances of winning the part nomination. Ryan’s words were provocative.
“We’ve all said the Clintons live above the law,” he said. “But this takes the cake.”
Ryan suggested on Sunday that the Federal Election Commission should investigate the matter. This echoes what President Trump said, suggesting that the FBI or the Justice Department investigate the matter as well.
“You can understand why the Democrats are made about this,” said Ryan. “They should be. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
In the interview, Ryan also expressed optimism that the Republican-controlled House can pass a tax-reform bill by Thanksgiving, allowing the Senate the opportunity to pass it a week later. After the Republican-controlled Senate failed to pass a House version of a healthcare reform bill last summer, Ryan acknowledged that this effort is more coordinated, more strategic.
“We did things differently this time because of the healthcare experience,” Ryan told Fox News. “We worked for the Senate ahead of time, from the summer on, to put this bill together, to basically create a framework of this bill: House, Senate, and the White House, and launch this thing together, and be very coordinated.”
One of the items that the Republicans are considering adding to the tax-reform bill, said Ryan, is a plan to end the individual mandate in ObamaCare, which requires Americans to purchase health-care insurance or face a tax penalty.
“We have an active conversation with our members and a whole host of ideas on things to add to this bill,” Ryan said. “And that’s one of the things that’s being discussed.”
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