House Speaker Paul Ryan is giving his all in containing impeachment talks that emerged due to a report alleging that President Trump asked former FBI Director Comey in February to shut down the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“We need the facts,” Ryan told reporters Wednesday.
Paul Ryan supported the effort of Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who on Tuesday stated that his committee will get the memo that allegedly proves Trump told FBI Director Comey:
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. … He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
.@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 16, 2017
Ryan said it was “obvious” there are “people out there that want to harm the president.”
“We have an obligation to carry out our oversight, regardless of which party is in the White House,” the house speaker said. “And that means before rushing to judgment, we get all the pertinent information.”
House Speaker Ryan also said that he wants to hear from Comey, who as the media reports it authored the memo in February after an in-person meeting with President Trump.
“Why, if this happens, as [Comey] allegedly describes, why didn’t he take action at the time?” Ryan said.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” he said. “Now is the time to gather all the pertinent information.”
Ryan also addressed addressed some members of Congress, who have already asked for Trump’s impeachment as outcome of the Comey memo exposure.
“The point is this: We can’t deal with speculation and innuendo,” Ryan said. “And there’s clearly a lot of politics being played.”
“Our job is to be responsible, sober and focused only on gathering the facts,” he said. “That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the Executive branch.”
Ryan asserted that he still had full confidence in President Trump after this recent barrage of damaging media reports.
The Comey memo, which initially was reported by the New York Times, alleged that president Trump attempted to terminate FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn.
“The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia,” the Times wrote.
But the White House denied this fake reporting by the Times.
“The President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” an official said. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”