Ryan on indictments: Nothing will derail tax reform

Camille Fine

Speaker Paul Ryan (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.”

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