Just when you think things in Washington can’t possibly get any stranger…

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Republicans in congress either knew or suspected that Donald Trump was on the payroll of the Russian government.

According to The Post, in the weeks before Trump became the Republican nominee for president, one of his allies in Congress — the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — told his colleagues that Trump was likely the beneficiary of payments from Vladimir Putin.

Many people suspected this long ago; there can’t be this much smoke without there being at least some fire.

But, what we couldn’t have suspected, and what is truly shocking, is Paul Ryan’s reported response to the assertion made by McCarthy. Ryan instructed his colleagues to keep the assertion private, reportedly saying: “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

‘Want to know what this means?

It means that leaders in the Republican party were — and are — willing to place their thirst for power and influence over the health and wellbeing of the United States.

This report, if true, represents a failure of leadership of the highest order.

It’s Friday, the 19th of May, 2017. It is not a normal day.

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