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Here’s Paul Ryan Laughably Ducking a Question About Whether Nunes Memo Vindicates Trump

In relation to the Nunes memo that purportedly shows FISA abuses by the FBI and DOJ in the Russia probe, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has contended for days now that the document has nothing to do with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation, nor does it impugn the special counsel. On the flip side, President Donald Trump has directly stated that the memo “totally vindicates” him but the “Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on.”

So what’s Ryan to do when confronted with Trump’s comments? How about pivot to his stock answer and then walk away when asked again? Sounds like a plan.

During a press conference this morning, CNN’s Manu Raju noted that Ryan has said “the Nunes memo was separate from the Mueller investigation,” leading the speaker to state that he continues to say that. Raju followed that up by asking Ryan about the president claiming total vindication and if he feels that the president was “vindicated in any way.”

“Let me go back to what I said — this is about FISA abuse and about holding our government accountable and about Congress doing its job in conducting oversight over the executive branch, in this particular case has been given great power over us as citizens,” the Wisconsin lawmaker responded. “We need to make sure that power is used correctly.”

Considering he didn’t have his question answered at all, Raju tried to press Ryan again on whether Trump’s claims of vindication were accurate, but Ryan decided that was the right time to just walk away.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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