Ryan Suggests Trump Will Not Face House Investigation Over Sexual Harassment: ‘Those Are Criminal Matters’


As House Speaker Paul Ryan conducted a victory lap on networks Wednesday morning over the passage of his tax bill, Savannah Guthrie ended her interview with the Wisconsin Republican with a tough question on the sexual misconduct allegations made against the president.

“My question to you is about the president,” Guthrie said. “President Trump has been accused as well. Three of those accusers recently asked for a congressional investigation. They want you. They want Congress to look into whether those accusations against the president are true.”

“Would you support such an investigation?”

Ryan contended that Rep. Trey Gowdy, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, “has given a very articulate response, which is that those are criminal matters — Congress doesn’t do criminal investigations.”

“You do ethics investigations?” Guthrie shot back.

“I would invite you to talk to the White House,” Ryan said, before noting that sexual harassment has happened both in the TODAY show studios as well as Congress.

“Let’s take this moment for a seriously as it is, and not make it some partisan thing,” Ryan continued. “We need to make sure that this moment is the cultural changing moment that it needs to be.”

“Let’s not make this some partisan food-fight, let’s give this issue the respect it deserves, so that we can make sure we can change this culture,” Ryan concluded, before outlining the steps Congress is taking to address harassment.

Watch above, via NBC News.

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