Ryan after Trump attacks: Let Mueller do his job

Ryan after Trump attacks: Let Mueller do his job
© Greg Nash

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE should let special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE carry out his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“As the Speaker has always said, Mr. Mueller and his team should be able to do their job,” AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said in a statement issued Sunday.

She did not comment on whether Congress should take up legislation to protect Mueller, CNN reported.

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Ryan joins a number of key Republicans that have warned Trump not to interfere with Mueller’s investigation.

On Sunday morning Trump attacked the makeup of Mueller’s team, arguing that it had a lot of Democrats but no Republicans.

The previous day he said the Mueller probe should never have started and characterized it as a “witch hunt.”

That same day, Trump’s personal lawyer said that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE should end the Mueller investigation. He later said he was speaking in a personal capacity and not for the president.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (R-Ariz.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he thinks Trump is moving closer to firing Mueller and that he expects Republicans to push back against any effort by Trump to end the investigation.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE (R-S.C.) echoed Flake, saying that if Trump tried to fire Mueller, “that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency.”

Democrats have said Congress should act to protect Mueller. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) said that Republicans must declare firing Mueller a “red line.”

Trump reportedly tried to fire Mueller last year but was stopped when the White House counsel said he would quit if Trump got rid of Mueller.

The White House has said they do not have plans to fire Mueller and are cooperating with his investigation.