Ryan: Comey a man of integrity ‘as far as I know’

Ryan: Comey a man of integrity ‘as far as I know’
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcMorris Rodgers seeks to tamp down unrest Conservative group unveils plan to slash spending by trillion Arizona GOP winner to join Freedom Caucus MORE (R-Wis.) said in an interview on Sunday that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules The Memo: Jackson ‘fiasco’ casts pall on White House MORE is a man of integrity as far as he knows.

"As far as I know. I don't know him very well.  ... Two or three briefings is about what I had with James Comey," Ryan, who announced his retirement last week, told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." 

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"Would you take him at his word? Would you trust his judgment?" Todd pressed. 

"Look. I'm not going to try and help sell some books here," Ryan responded, maintaining during the exchange that he did not know the former FBI director well. 

Ryan's comments come ahead of the release of Comey's book detailing his tenure in the Trump administration. 

Comey made headlines last week with the release of excerpts from his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."

The former FBI director writes that Trump responded to news of election meddling by asking if the interference changed the results. 

Comey also said the president asked him to investigate an alleged tape detailing one of the most salacious parts of the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. 

Trump ripped Comey on Twitter on Sunday, referring to him as a "slimeball."

 

 

 

Trump in subsequent tweets on Sunday said "big questions" are unanswered in Comey's "badly reviewed book" and that the former FBI director threw former Attorney General Loretta Lynch "under the bus."