Paul Ryan: ‘Jaw-Dropping’ That Clinton Was Running DNC in the Primary

The House speaker blasted the 2016 Democratic nominee's campaign for thinking that it 'lived above the rules'

by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 05 Nov 2017 at 6:15 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that it’s “no wonder the Democrats are ticked off” after last week’s revelations of a funding agreement between 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee that may have tipped the scales in Clinton’s favor.

Former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile reignited the Democratic Party’s internal controversy when excerpts of her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” surfaced last week. Brazile pointed to the Clinton campaign’s agreement with the DNC that she said sharply skewed the system in favor of Clinton over Sanders.

"I've never seen anything like that," Ryan said. "I mean, we all said that the Clintons thought they lived above the rules, but this takes the cake. I mean, this is pretty amazing."

"For them to basically be running the DNC in a primary, to see such a deck stacked is really pretty jaw-dropping to me," Ryan added. "No wonder the Democrats are ticked off. I would be, too."

Noting that there isn't "a legislative remedy on how parties conduct themselves and how they're supposed to be neutral in the primaries," the House Speaker said the Federal Election Commission (FEC) "should have a look into" whether or not the DNC and Clinton broke campaign finance laws by funneling money through the DNC to the Clinton campaign.

"But to have a primary, to have one of the primary participants stacking the deck in running the party, I've never heard of that before. That just takes the cake, in my mind," Ryan said. "It's amazing to me how the Clintons just lived above the law or above the rules in this thing. I understand why Democrats are mad about this. They should be mad about this, and I don't think I've ever seen anything like this, frankly."

Ryan's comments came the day after 94 former Clinton campaign staffers penned an open letter defending their candidate and denying Brazile's accusations.

"Donna came in to take over the DNC at a very difficult time," read the letter published Saturday on Medium. "We were grateful to her for doing so. She is a longtime friend and colleague of many of us and has been an important leader in our party. But we do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book."

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