It may be a case of “too little, too late,” but on the eve of the election, Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI) has finally seen the light, as he finally found the words he should have been repeating for the past four months.

In a statement issued after FBI Director James Comey once again inserted himself in the election of a president, Ryan said, “Let's bring the Clinton era to an end by voting for Donald Trump on Tuesday.”

Well, yes – isn’t that what it should always have been about?

Ryan has been not only a vocal critic of Donald Trump, even after the billionaire businessman and political outsider won the party’s nomination in July, but a tepid supporter.

Even Ryan’s endorsement came after what many saw as an all-too-public period of reflection, and in early October, announced that he would “no longer defend” the nominee after an old videotape surfaced from Trump’s days as a reality show host in which he used vulgar language and bragged about his sexual conquests.

The two men have disagreed on several important issues, but as Speaker of the House of Representatives – effectively the legislative leader of the party in Congress, Ryan is charged with putting its agenda forward and, to a large extent, limiting that of the opposing party.

Instead, Ryan has said he would concentrate on making sure a President Hillary Clinton, should she win on Tuesday, would be forced to deal with a Republican majority in both chambers, rather than working to defeat Hillary in her bid for the presidency.

Comey’s unexpected last minute announcement came in the form of another letter to the Congressional committees that have been investigating Clinton’s unauthorized use of an unsecured email server during her tenure as President Obama’s first secretary of state, turned the presidential race upside down – again.

This morning, Team Clinton was still criticizing Comey for his October 28 decision to reopen the investigation, only to return him to hero status in the afternoon with his announcement that his team at the FBI had completed its review of 650,000 emails in only nine days and found nothing to alter his July decision not to recommend charges for Hillary’s actions.

Speaker Ryan’s statement did emphasize that Comey’s flip does nothing to exonerate Clinton from the sharply critical assessment of her handling of classified material as “extremely reckless.”

“Regardless of this decision, the undisputed finding of the FBI’s investigation is that Secretary Clinton put our nation’s secrets at risk and in doing so compromised our national security. She simply believes she’s above the law and always plays by her own rules…. the American people should not have to endure four more years of their scandal and baggage.”

 

 

 

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