House Speaker Paul Ryan soundly rejected calls for a special prosecutor in the investigation of US-Russia collusion and said the next course of action is to quickly replace the FBI director.
Ryan joined Bret Baier on Fox News Wednesday evening to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Baier asked the Wisconsin Republican how he felt about calls from Democrats and some Republicans to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation in Comey’s absence.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Ryan said. “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…and you have the FBI investigating all things Russia.”
“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.”
Ryan then claimed he believed Comey had been “compromised” and that the former director’s superiors in the Justice Department believed that as well.
Ryan reminded Baier that the investigation thus far has not uncovered any evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia, so he believes the best way forward is to find a replacement for Comey “soon” and to follow the investigation through to its conclusion.
“Let’s go where the facts may lead,” he declared.