Paul Ryan Has Warning for Fellow Republicans on Memo

Don't overstate its importance, he implores them
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, joined at left by Majority Whip Steve Scalise.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – A House panel's decision to release a classified memo critical of the FBI and Justice Department's role in the Russia investigation continued to reverberate on Capitol Hill Tuesday, but Paul Ryan had a warning for his fellow Republicans. Politico reports that in a closed-door meeting, Ryan implored them not to overstate the memo's significance. In a news conference afterward, Ryan reiterated: "This is a completely separate matter from Bob Muller’s investigation, and his investigation should be allowed to take its course," he said. However, Ryan made clear he supports the release of the memo—President Trump has yet to make the final decision—and added that it shows that "there may have been malfeasance at the FBI by certain individuals." Related developments:

  • Second dossier? The memo debate stems from a controversial dossier compiled about President Trump during the campaign. Now the Guardian reports that a second dossier was compiled by a different author, and it's under review by the FBI. The author is Cody Shearer, a political activist reviled by conservatives as having a left-wing bias. One key line from the story: "(B)oth documents allege Donald Trump was compromised during a 2013 trip to Moscow that involved lewd acts in a five-star hotel."

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