Speaker Ryan wants to see alleged Comey memo

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Leaders in the Republican Party have been on the defensive during three days of explosive news stories about President Donald Trump's White House, but House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to send a unifying message on behalf of the GOP on Thursday.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister on Wednesday, Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump came under attack other than "political schizophrenia". "Our job is to get the facts and be sober about doing that".

He continued: "There's been a lot of reporting lately, I think that requires close examination".

"Well, yeah, it's always nice to have less drama, but the point I'm trying to make [is that] people in the country need to know that we are busy at work trying to solve their problems", Ryan said at a brief Capitol Hill news conference.

The House speaker said he wasn't concerned that the "drip, drip, drip" of reports that suggested Trump was attempting to interfere with the Russian Federation probe might hurt Republicans in the midterm elections. "So there are a lot of unanswered questions".

A memo dating from February 14th and publicised by the New York Times on Tuesday outlines a transcript by Mr Comey of a conversation he had with the U.S. president in the Oval Office.

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Ryan said he supports the House committee's request for the Comey memos.

Hours after Ryan's announcement, the committee's chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, tweeted that he has already scheduled a public hearing for next week into the matter and will ask Comey to testify. The letter to acting FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe gave the FBI one week to produce the records. Ryan said Congress "can't deal with speculation and innuendo" and must gather all relevant information before "rushing to judgment" on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. "I'm not even going to comment on that".

The committee has the power to subpoena the material if necessary.

Cummings said Mueller was a "solid choice" and urged Mueller "to follow the facts wherever they may lead, with integrity and independence". "We are deeply concerned of the repeated failure of the House Republicans to take action in the face of these onslaught of allegations", he said.

As Ryan left the podium, a reporter asked if he still had confidence in the president.

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