House speaker rejects Trump's branding of Comey as 'nut job'

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he disagrees with President Donald Trump's assessment that former FBI Director James Comey is a "nut job".

"Yeah, I don't agree with that", Ryan told Axios' Mike Allen at the Axios News Shapers event in Washington.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not deny the conservation took place, and was instead critical of Comey's "grandstanding" as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Comey's ouster came amid the FBI's ongoing probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race, including possible ties between Russia and Trump's campaign.

Following the reports that President Trump called Ryan a "nut job" - as well as reports that Comey wrote a memo in which he said President Trump asked him to "move on" from investigating Flynn - Ryan told reporters last week he still had confidence in President Trump. "He has no pretension about him", Ryan said.

Trump's May 10 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak took place one day after the president fired Comey.

"I'm not sure it was meant that way. I send this to people who really wouldn't expect it from me, and it's fun to watch their reactions", he added.

"We have a president who, for the first time in eight years, said, 'Let's actually balance the budget.'".

"I think history will be much kinder to Jim Comey in that July press conference than the Democrats were", Gowdy said during an interview with Fox's Martha MacCallum.

As for Congress, many Americans "think that everything is in chaos".

"We're focused and determined to get our work done".

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