That made sense to top Republicans -- especially members of the House leadership team who had fretted about those optics.
Ryan reportedly expressed concerns about the Goodlatte scheme on Monday, warning that backtracking on oversight might not go over well with voters who appear to be quite enthusiastic about eliminating the swamp. But don't go thinking that Ryan has suddenly gotten excited about ethics. Ryan's still seeking to punish transparency -- and he continues to make excuses for Trump and Trump's associates that suggest the speaker is uninterested in holding the incoming administration to any standard of accountability.
When it comes to specific ethical concerns -- and to deeper concerns about the policy-making that is warped when an institution goes soft on questions of right and wrong -- Ryan and House Republicans are not corruption fighters. They're swamp creatures.
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