Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Paul Ryan on Russian Federation investigation: 'We need the facts'

Lu was compelled to make this point after the New York Times published a barn burner of an article based on a memo authored by former FBI Director James Comey in which Comey indicated that President Trump had asked him to stop the investigation into retired Gen. Mike Flynn, which was a part of the investigation into Trump's possible collusion with Russian Federation.

Trump brazenly admitted his rationale was the Russian inquiry and his campaign's ties to it, sidetracking that Comey told him three times he wasn't under investigation, all the while looking ever more like a man who was.

Mr Trump defended his "absolute right" to share "facts" with Russian Federation and said he asked Comey to "find the leakers in the intelligence community".

Ryan told reporters and members of his conference that he wanted to have the facts before judging the memo. And the longer you delay, the longer it's going to last. "That was a pivotal moment in our history because it was one party trying to get rid of a president of the other party, fundamentally because they didn't like his politics".

Ryan's comments after a closed-door meeting of House Republicans came as lawmakers grappled with a series of damaging developments out of the White House over the past week. "We've got to slow down and take a deep breath". (The oversight and government reform committee) has requested documents. But given the bombshell news events since Ryan last went before the Washington press corps almost two weeks ago, the questions did not focus on the major legislative effort he's trying to pursue.

The Republicans are privately beginning to worry that they may have to one day sit in judgement of Trump, or that more damaging information from Comey could force the president to step down. That was followed by a controversial meeting between Trump and high-profile Russian officials. If they do see the light of day, we could have a whole lot of stories like the one about the loyalty pledge and Trump asking Comey to shut down the Flynn investigation. The committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to give the committee any notes that Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. CNN confirmed the details of that memo.

The associate also confirmed that Trump asked Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave the room before speaking privately with Comey about Flynn, and that the president told Comey he believed Flynn was a "good guy" and asked if the FBI could end the investigation into him.

Comey's memos could be valuable in any obstruction investigation.

"Those are the things that I got elected to do", Ryan added. "I think it's reaching a point where it's of Watergate-size and scale, and a couple of other scandals that you and I have seen. That's what's in my control, and that's what I'm focused on". He was charged with four counts, two of which he was impeached for: perjury and obstruction of justice.

Comey had been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday but never accepted and indicated he would appear at another time.

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