Intel community chatter: Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell caught red handed in Trump-Russia scandal

Over the weekend, credible leaks from the U.S. intelligence community have sprung afoot, ranging from Donald Trump and three advisers being caught on tape admitting to treason with Russia (link) to Rudy Giuliani trying to cut a deal against Trump (link). Now comes chatter that GOP leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell may have been nailed as well.

The claims about the GOP House and Senate leaders are coming from two different political pundits whose sources have a history of being proven correct. One is former Bill Clinton White House staffer Claude Taylor, who stated today that he’s “Starting to hear chatter that there are intercepts w/ Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell discussing funneling illegal Russian money into campaign” (link). He went on to stress that “This really is ‘chatter’ as opposed to sourced,” making clear that this is not confirmed on his end.

But then another pundit whose sources have also proven reliable, ImpeachAgentOrangsky, added that “According to anonymous intel sources Ryan & McConnell are on tape talking about laundering Russian money thru Super Pacs” (link). So take this one for what you think it’s worth. But two things are important to keep in mind here. The first is that these kinds of leaks from proven sources have tended to later be proven correct. For instance the prior leaks about Trump-Russia figures ranging from Michael Flynn to Paul Manafort to Carter Page have generally been verified further down the line. So these kinds of credible Trump-Russia leaks are worth reporting and considering.

The second thing to keep in mind is that as a practical matter, with the Russian Ambassador and a Russia GRU agent already confirmed to have attended the Republican National Convention and met with several top Trump staffers in the name of changing the Republican Party platform, it’s difficult to imagine GOP leaders in attendance like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell not having been aware of what was going on at the time. And we know that Carter Page was under FISA surveillance at the time of the convention, meaning anyone involved may have been picked up on that surveillance. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. paul sorrells on April 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Mr. Palmer, thank you for your excellent reporting and the connecting of the dots. I’ve wondered if Russian ambassador to the U.S. Kislyak (Kislyev?) visited Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office in the Senate Office Building the same day ambassador Kislyak visited Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office? Visitors log? For the entire building and maybe for individual senator offices? Just curious. And did Kislyak visit any other U.S. Senators on that day? Is there a database somewhere on-line that shows this information, and if so, has it been scrubbed for that date?

    • Nadine Zachary on April 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Didn’t trump administration just get rid of the Visitor’s Log? Or they will no longer share it publicly? It didn’t fully stick, I mean not exactly shocking news that they would want to do away with any record of who visits.
      Slightly off topic but I was realizing how easy it would be now to collect damning info, word for word, quality sound recordings. Who needs wires when everyone has a smartphone? And how many people didn’t think twice that they were being recorded, unless they collect phones at the door. We’ve only heard the very tip of this iceberg. Keep it coming and get those traitors going!

  2. Michael Baer on April 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    please God, Let it be true and let it be proven pronto!!!

    • Robert lopez on April 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

      The proof is in the pudding the only thing we need now is the stamp from the coach and from law enforcement that Trump is a treasonous radical tyrant and he talks so much about Hillary being crooked when he’s more crooked than a branch on a tree Hillary Clinton showed her taxes where is this disgraceful so-called president and not my president taxes his treasonous mentality now giving presidents to a tyrant in turkey that I polish a parliament that he wished the United States would have had and he can become a more dictator than he is now

  3. Claudia Groh on April 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    So when are the fireworks going to happen?
    Grinding way too slow!

  4. Karen on April 17, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Nothing with any of these corrupted evil crooks and the Sewage Swamp Cabinet members or this administration surpises a lot of us anymore, it is a pathetic disgrace!

  5. Dominica Sanchez on April 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Oh, oh I REALLY HOPE SO!

  6. THOMAS M ROARTY on April 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I was skeptical of this article until your last paragraph “it’s difficult to imagine GOP leaders in attendance like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell not having been aware of what was going on at the time”. you are right. Is there not one honest politician left in DC?

  7. Pete on April 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Let’s get rid of Trump, Sessions, McConnell, and Ryan now!

  8. Rose von Perbandt on April 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Hmmmm…didn’t Gingrich run a superPac ?

  9. Janet Campeas on April 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    As I’ve often wondered, why the leading REPUBS in Congress have been so disinclined to stop Trump in his rantings and ravings and his unbelievable activities. They are concerned their names will be linked to his within the “circle” of ‘dirty dealings’ that seems to be emerging, slowly but surely, as it is written! Their silence has been deafening!

  10. Rosemary on April 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    It’s also difficult that Pence was not involved and has not been implicated. No sources have come forward to include Pence in this Russian mess?

    I hope the above report is accurate and that it is soon proven to be so.

    Still waiting for them to come arrest people based on last weeks Palmer Report?

    • Bernadette on June 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Comey already said that Pence knew about Flynn’s issues with Russia. As did Sally Yates and that’s why she was fired, along with refusing to go along with Trump’s travel ban.

  11. Coda on April 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    These guys are on tape? Oh let it be. Thanks for your work here. I will be hanging out.

  12. Shannon on April 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    What happens next?

  13. Xboxershorts on April 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    It was just a gut feeling but a nagging one I’ve had for a long time now, that Mitch McConnell KNEW the fix was coming when he stonewalled the Garland SCOTUS nomination in Feb 2016.

    The man makes my skin crawl.

  14. Sweetpea on April 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been stating their complicity since the election, especially after finding out that Turtle and Eddy Munster knew about the Russian connection a year before the election. Of couse, they are in it up to their necks! I say IMPEACH THEM ALL!

  15. Jeane Shaw on April 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I don’t understand what the holdup is. There is collusion on Trump yet he still has the nuclear codes, this is frightening! These two have been traitors to the people for a long time and I wouldn’t put anything past these two deplorable, inhumane, poor excuses for human beings. I can’t wait till someone gets on the ball and gets all the people connected to Russia behind bars! IMPEACH TRUMP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

  16. Cory on April 21, 2017 at 6:18 am

    So President Orrin Hatch? Meh

    • Bill Palmer on April 22, 2017 at 1:00 am

      Then we’ll resist him too 🙂

  17. Arne Yoga on May 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    The complete disregard and denial of Trump’s blatant collusion and known money trail to Russia by the GOP house made one wonder if there was true complicity by some of their members and not just through denial. If this can be proven, and these two scumbags were to also go down with Trump and much of his staff, it would be beyond America’s wildest dreams and show it isn’t a broken system. Ryan admitted his mean-spiritedness dates back to college when he used to get drunk and dreaming of the day he could dismantle social programs. And foul-faced McConnell could spend his time in prison trying to locate a chin.

  18. Marjori Ollson on May 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    TY Mr. Palmer.

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