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Paul Ryan: ‘I like Jim Comey’… he isn’t a ‘nut job’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Ohio) distanced himself Wednesday from reports that President Donald Trump referred to the former FBI director as a “nut job” shortly after firing the official earlier this month.

“Yeah, I don’t agree with that,” Ryan said during the Axios News Shapers event in Washington Wednesday morning.

A questionably sourced story out from The New York Times on Friday revealed that Trump may have told Russian visitors to the Oval Office that he was glad to be rid of Comey.

Here’s the quote The Times attributed to the president: “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job … I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Read the full story: Comey was a nut job

“I like Jim Comey,” Ryan continued. “I know that there are people on both sides of the aisle concerned by decisions that he made.”

The top Republican in the House went on to say that Comey may be the victim of tough choices he was forced to make on the job.

Ryan said: “I think the was forced into nearly impossible decisions. Understandably he was going to be criticized for making those decisions, but I think he served his country ably.”

 That’s similar to an assessment made last week by GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina lawmaker known to be a bulldog when he’s given the opportunity to question officials about government misconduct.

“I think history will be much kinder to Jim Comey in that July press conference than the Democrats were,” Gowdy said during an interview with Fox’s Martha MacCallum.

“I think he had access to information that, because he is a stand-up guy he’s not gonna disseminate classified information—although God knows everybody else is … so all your viewers see is this meeting on the tarmac,” he explained.

More on that: Gowdy says Comey did the only thing he could

The post Paul Ryan: ‘I like Jim Comey’… he isn’t a ‘nut job’ appeared first on Personal Liberty®.

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