In the House Republicans weekly press conference this morning, Paul Ryan was asked about Trump’s tweet the other day suggesting that the DOJ should not be prosecuting two Republicans before the November elections. Here’s what he had to say about that (it’s cued up):
Here’s more from the AP:
House Speaker Paul Ryan is rejecting President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the Justice Department shouldn’t prosecute two GOP congressmen because it will hurt the party’s election prospects in November.
Ryan tells reporters Wednesday, “Justice is blind. Justice should be blind.” The Wisconsin Republican says political party should have no impact on how the department works.
Ryan became the latest Republicans to criticize Trump since the president tweeted Monday that the Justice Department should take his political views into account when pursuing investigations. Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for prosecuting the two GOP lawmakers just before midterm elections, saying, “Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff.”
Ryan adds that “the process is working its way as it should.”
I’m actually glad to hear Ryan defend the DOJ on this. Trump was incredibly wrong to suggest that the DOJ should cower to politics, no matter how he feels about Sessions.
But I guess the good side of the coin is that Trump isn’t trying to force the DOJ to back down. As far as we know, he’s just tweeting. Let’s hope it stays that way because we don’t need another Obama DOJ politicizing everything.