(CNSNews.com) – The Democrats are trying desperately to get media coverage of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday.
“I think part of what is happening, I think Democrats are lighting their hair on fire to get you to cover this story… which keeps repeating the same story,” Ryan said. “I think they’re trying to get this coverage going. There’s nothing new that we have seen here.
“This is stuff we’re going over, and by the way, we’re going to make sure we leave no stone unturned, and that is why our intelligence committees are conducting the investigations the way they should be conducted, because you have to protect your sources and methods of intelligence gathering, which is why we have intelligence committees in the first place,” he said.
As CNSNews.com reported, the Washington Post reported that Sessions – then a U.S. senator who was serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign – spoke twice last year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. At his confirmation hearing, however, Sessions said he “did not have communications with Russia.”
Democrats are calling for Sessions’ resignation and for an Obama appointee to choose a special prosecutor to investigate.
Sessions told reporters Thursday morning, “Well, I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign." He also said he would recuse himself “whenever it’s appropriate” from an investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.
When asked whether Sessions should recuse himself from any investigation into Russian meddling, Ryan said, “I think he answered that question this morning, which is if he himself is the subject of an investigation, of course he would, but if he’s not, I don’t see any purpose or reason to do any of this.”
Ryan said Congress already knows that Russia tried to meddle in the election.
“Why do we know this? Because we in Congress and the intelligence committee did an investigation after the election, which discovered Russia was trying to meddle in the election. This is something we all well know,” he said.
“Here’s another thing: we have seen no evidence from any of these ongoing investigations that anybody in the Trump campaign or the Trump team was involved in any of this. We have been presented with no evidence that an American was colluding with the Russians to meddle in the election. This is something we also know. We’re still doing investigations,” he said.
“You’ve got to remember in the House and the Senate, the intelligence committees have been investigating this. The intelligence communities itself – not the committees, but the communities – did an investigation after the election and gave us the results of that investigation before the inauguration,” Ryan said.
“The House Intelligence Committee just finished coming up with its oversight plan to continue investigations. We will always make sure that we are protecting our sources and methods and getting to the bottom of any of these things, but we have seen no evidence, been presented with no evidence that anybody on the Trump campaign or an American was involved in colluding with the Russians,” he added.