Ryan on indictments: Nothing will derail tax reform

Ryan on indictments: Nothing will derail tax reform
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.) said Monday that the indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation wouldn't hinder congressional Republicans' goal of overhauling the tax code.

“Nothing’s going to derail what we’re doing in Congress,” Ryan said on WTAQ’s "The Jerry Bader Show."

Prosecutors on Monday announced indictments against Paul Manafort, former chairman of President Trump's campaign, and Manafort's former business partner Richard Gates. Separately, they also announced that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty last month to lying to investigators.

The new developments in Mueller's investigation come just days before Wednesday's release of a tax bill by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan said that lawmakers are focused on solving Americans' problems, which includes providing a remedy to the slow economic growth that has occurred in recent years. 

“Nothing derails us from focusing on that,” he said.

The Speaker added that tax reform is "all about getting bigger paychecks, it’s all about fairness and simplicity.”