Ryan: ‘Some people … want to harm the president’

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged lawmakers to be “sober” about swirling allegations that President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to call off an investigation into his national security adviser Mike Flynn.

“That is our job, to be sober, to be passionate … and to follow the facts wherever they may lead,” he said.

“It is obvious – there are some people out there who want to harm the president,” he said. “We have an obligation to carry out our oversight, regardless of which party is in the White House. That means before rushing to judgment we get all the pertinent information.”

Ryan added that he expects Congress to hear from Comey, and he wants to know why the director “didn’t take action at the time” Trump reportedly pressured him to halt the Flynn investigation. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump made the request during a February dinner with Comey, according to a memo Comey kept of the encounter.

As he exited the press conference, Ryan was asked whether he still had confidence in Trump.

“I do,” he said.

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