President Donald Trump will not be impeachable by Congress for the obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday.
“I am not sure I would call it a conspiracy theory, but we have to find out what actually happened,” Ryan told reporters at the White House.
The Republican leader told reporters he has “no problem” with the president testifying in the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment probe.
“We’ll see,” he added.
Ryan also defended Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, who he said had been “in the wrong place at the wrong time” in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“If you want to know what happened to James Comey during that investigation, that’s up to him, and if he believes he was the wrong person to be in that position, he should come back to the Senate and have his answers,” Ryan said.
Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said Thursday the president is not being impeached, but will be investigated. “
It’s not up to me, but it’s not the role of a member of Congress.”
Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said Thursday the president is not being impeached, but will be investigated.
“There’s no reason for the president to be subject to impeachment,” Sekulov said.
The speaker said he’s confident Trump will be impeachable by the Senate, but has no expectation of being convicted.
“The President does not think he is guilty, and I don’t think the Senate will find him guilty,” Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said.
Ryan has been a leading voice in Congress against impeaching Trump, arguing that Trump is unfit to be president.
He has said Trump’s conduct during the Russia probe is “unlawful, unprofessional, and dangerous.”
Democrats and civil liberties groups have urged Trump to drop the probe into Comey and his handling of the investigation into the Russian government’s interference in last year’s election.
Ryan and Democrats have also argued that Comey should testify before Congress about his interactions with Trump.
“He’s got to answer the questions,” Ryan asserted Friday.