Speaker Ryan: Mueller Firing Rumors Are ‘Not Something to Debate’ Here

By Annabel Scott | June 13, 2017 | 5:22 PM EDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)

(CNSNews.com) – On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) attempted to shut down the rumors that President Donald Trump allegedly is thinking of firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel that is investigating possible ties between the president’s campaign and Russian officials.

At a press briefing at the Capitol, Speaker Ryan said, “There is no debate that is going on here [about Mueller]. I heard this was a rumor we heard last night, so there’s really not something to debate that is occurring with this.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also spoke about the rumor. “We’re talking about the VA and healthcare and you’re creating a rumor that is not happening,” he said.

On Monday, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, who is a friend of President Trump, went to the White House and then did an interview on PBS’s NewsHour. In that interview, Ruddy said of Trump, “I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (C-SPAN)

Trump did not say that, Ruddy did. And as Ruddy disclosed, he never said that he had met with Trump at the White House.

The Speaker then went on to discuss the policies and issues the House is focusing on aside from the Trump investigations.

“Look at what we’re doing this week,” said Ryan.  “We found out three years ago that veterans were dying on these waiting lists that were occurring in the VA in Arizona and then all around America.”

“We couldn’t even bring accountability to the VA,” he said.  “We couldn’t even fire people who were grossly negligent in their jobs. So what are we doing? We are fixing this problem today.”

“What did we do last week? We passed the [Financial] Choice Act,” continued the speaker. “What are we working on next week? We are working on the skills gap so that people can get the skills they need to get good jobs.”

“We are focused on solving people’s problems,” he said.  “What I think the American people want to know is that their government is working.”

“I’m not saying this investigation isn’t important,” said Ryan. “These investigations are important but we also have a duty to serve the people that elected us to fix the problems they are confronting in their daily lives, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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