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Paul Ryan: James Comey Is a Man of Integrity ‘As Far As I Know’

President Donald Trump has been railing against former FBI Director James Comey for days now as Comey has been all over the news due to his highly anticipated book and upcoming media tour. With excerpts and preview clips already driving the news cycle, the president and his team have tried their level best to frame the ex-FBI chief as an opportunistic liar.

During an interview that aired on Sunday’s Meet the Press, retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan did not jump on the trash Comey wagon. Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd if he felt Comey was a “man of integrity,” Ryan stated that what he knows of Comey would indicate he is.

“As far as I know,” the outgoing Republican leader answered. “I don’t know him very well.”

Todd further wanted to know if Ryan would trust Comey’s judgment, leading the Wisconsin lawmaker to note that he really doesn’t know the ex-FBI head and he didn’t want to get involved in a “food fight” to help sell books.

Ryan also told Todd that he doesn’t feel it is necessary for Congress to pass a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller, stating that he doesn’t think the president will fire Mueller.

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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