Paul Ryan Won’t Question Comey’s Integrity But Doesn’t Want To ‘Help Sell Some Books’ Either

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan says he can’t question the trustworthiness or judgment of former FBI Director James Comey because the Republican Congressman says he doesn’t “know him very well.”

Ryan, who announced his retirement last week, was a guest Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when he was pressed over his opinions on Comey, the author of another Washington tell-all book that is highly critical of President Donald Trump.

Host Chuck Todd asked Ryan about Comey: “Would you take him at his word? Would you trust his judgment.”

Ryan responded: “As far as I know. I don’t know him very well… Two or three briefings is about what I had with James Comey.”

Ryan refused to speculate further. “Look. I’m not going to try and help sell some books here.”

Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyality: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” isn’t even out on the street yet but excerpts have been generating news and prompting outraged tweets from Trump.

The fired FBI chief compares Trump to a Mafia don in his book. Trump called Comey a “slimeball” in response to the accusations.

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