In a Wednesday interview, House Speaker Paul Ryan lauded former FBI Director James Comey, disagreeing with President Trump’s assessment that Comey is a “nut job.”
When asked by Mike Allen of Axios if he was concerned with Trump’s characterization of Comey, Ryan said, “Yeah, I don’t agree with that, and he’s not.”
Ryan, a Republican representing Wisconsin, contended that Comey “served his country ably” during his tenure at the FBI despite the many challenges he faced.
“I like Jim Comey. I know that there are people on both sides of the aisle concerned with decisions he made,” Ryan said. “I think he was put into an impossible position. I think when [then-Attorney General Loretta] Lynch went on that plane … I think that put him in an impossible position.”
“I remember getting that letter from him,” Ryan said, referring to Comey’s letter announcing that he was reassessing emails associated with the Clinton case a week prior to the 2016 presidential election. “That one really kind of took me by surprise, and I remember telling myself, ‘what an impossible, no-win position or decision he had to make.'”
“So I think the guy was forced into nearly impossible decisions,” Ryan continued. “Understandably, he was going to get criticized for making those decisions, but I think he served his country ably.”
Ryan declined to answer when asked what concerns him about Trump, but commended the president’s ability to engage with lawmakers to work toward the achievement of a goal such as the recent passing of the American Health Care Act.
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