Ryan defends no town halls, declines comment on Trump

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has no problem with the president's dismissal of the FBI director

Ty Wright via Getty Images House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has no problem with the president's dismissal of the FBI director

Ryan was asked by a reporter today, "What are your thoughts about what some have considered to be a threatening tweet from the president directed at Mr. Comey?"

"I don't think that's a good idea", Ryan said.

WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan once again found a way to defend, even praise, President Donald Trump and his questionable behavior, this time sticking up for Trump and his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey amid an investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Ryan defended Trump's authority to fire Comey while insisting FBI and congressional investigations into Russian meddling in last year's US election won't be affected by Comey's departure.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (center) poses for a photo with executives of the Emerson Corporation on Thursday in Racine. The speaker says the investigation involves deeply classified intelligence collection and should not be turned over to independent investigators.

"The president lost patience, and I think people in the Justice Department lost confidence in Director Comey himself", Ryan said, noting that Trump called him just before the news broke to let him know he had fired Comey.

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On Saturday, Ryan is slated to speak at the Wisconsin Republican Convention in Wisconsin Dells.

Sonette Tippens from the town of Linn holds a protest sign during House Speaker Paul Ryan's visit at Badger High School in Lake Geneva on Friday.

Ryan has defended the firing and rejected calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in the election.

Ryan was in Delavan Friday touring Geneva Supply. On Friday, Democrat Marc Pocan of the District 2, which neighbors Ryan's district, held a town hall in Kenosha, right in the heart of District 1. "I'm doing it in a way so constituents don't go into a harassing environment".

When speaking of the investigation into collusion between Russian Federation and the 2016 Trump campaign, Ryan said there are "no allegations there has been collusion". "And the President made a presidential decision".

"I try not to look at Twitter too often these days, to be honest with you", Ryan joked, drawing laughter from the students.

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