Ryan after Trump attacks: Let Mueller do his job

Ryan after Trump attacks: Let Mueller do his job
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE should let special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump 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 RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena 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 FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing 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 GrahamGraham: FBI investigation in 2016 turned into a 'criminal conspiracy' This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules 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 SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments 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.