He said the House will pursue its investigation “regardless of which party is in the White House”.
The New York Times recently made revelations about Trump’s request for Comey to end the FBI investigation into the links between the Kremlin and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Democrats have been giddy over their chances of taking back the House and Senate in 2018 as the Trump administration comes under repeated fire over questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election. “I hope you can let this go”, referring to the Flynn investigation. “He is a good guy”.
“Our job is to be responsible, sober, and focus only on gathering the facts”, Mr Ryan said.
Ryan said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had requested a memo reportedly written by Comey following the White House meeting, which came the day after Flynn resigned under pressure over his contacts with Russian Federation.
Democrats, meanwhile, pushed for a special prosecutor in the Russian Federation investigation – something they have wanted ever since Mr Trump fired his FBI director last Tuesday.
He stressed that there were two Congressional investigations and an FBI investigation, inquiries he wouldn’t micromanage or speed up to meet media desire.
“Paul Ryan on the impact of current White House crisis: “I don’t worry about things that are outside of my control”. “The point is this”, the speaker said when asked about the controversy at a press conference on the Hill Wednesday morning.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he was “ready” to submit a transcript of the meeting to the US Senate and Congress. Republicans, on the whole, reserved judgment until they learned more or heard from Comey himself.
The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
“The country is being tested in unprecedented ways, ” said Sen.
Senator John McCain said the White House’s involvement in the Russian Federation investigation is reaching “Watergate size and scale”.