Paul Ryan: Democratic Push For Special Prosecutor "Not A Good Idea"


Bret Baier interviews Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on the Wednesday edition of Special Report:

REP. PAUL RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: I think the president lost patience and I think people in the Justice Department lost confidence in Director Comey himself. And I think the president was looking at a situation where you had senior Justice Department officials losing confidence and he does not want to see the FBI in disarray.

He wanted to see the FBI up and running and moving well. And I think Director Comey kind of became an issue himself.

And so it obviously was in the president's authority and role to do this. I think he made an important command decision that -- decision that is in his right to do it. And now let's go forward. Let's get a capable person to replace him and let's just make sure that the men and women there at the FBI keep doing their jobs.


RYAN: That's the way I see it.

BAIER: So a couple of more things on this, and just quickly.

Senator McCain and a few others are calling for a special prosecutor. Obviously, Democrats are in lockstep...

RYAN: Yes, I know.

BAIER: -- on calling for that.

RYAN: I don't think that's a good idea.

BAIER: Why is that not a good idea?

RYAN: Yes. I don't think that's a good idea. I think we can -- first of all, we have three investigations going on right now. We have a House investigation by our Intelligence Committee, which is the appropriate committee to do that, I believe.

And we have the Senate Intelligence Committee -- you just played Richard Burr -- doing an investigation. And you have the FBI investigating all things Russia. So I don't think that that's a good idea.

I think that the Intelligence Committee is the one that should do this because don't forget that the methods and sources of our intelligence gathering are also at play here and we have to be very sensitive so that we don't compromise that information, as well.

So I really do believe that these three investigations are the way to go. Let's get them done. Let's see them through. Let's go wherever the facts may lead. And I do think that Director Comey was compromised. Clearly, his superiors in the Justice Department felt that. And the president made a presidential decision and removed him.

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