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Paul Ryan Still ‘Confident’ in Devin Nunes Despite Recusal

On Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that while House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has stepped down from the Donald Trump/Russia investigation, he’s still “confident” in Nunes. Ryan specifically answered in the affirmative when asked if “you still have confidence in [Nunes].”

While most of the news conference dealt with health care, in the written statement, Ryan went into more detail on Nunes saying that the chairman “has earned my trust over many years for his integrity and dedication to the critical work that the intelligence community does to keep America safe” and “he continues to have that trust.”

Here’s the full statement, where Ryan also notes his confidence in the new the investigative lead, Rep. Mike Conaway:

Devin Nunes has earned my trust over many years for his integrity and dedication to the critical work that the intelligence community does to keep America safe. He continues to have that trust, and I know he is eager to demonstrate to the Ethics Committee that he has followed all proper guidelines and laws. In the meantime, it is clear that this process would be a distraction for the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in our election. Chairman Nunes has offered to step aside as the lead Republican on this probe, and I fully support this decision. Chairman Mike Conaway, a senior member of the Committee, will now lead this investigation in the House. I am confident that he will oversee a professional investigation into Russia’s actions and follow the facts wherever they lead.

You can view the entire news conference above via MSNBC, where Ryan also addresses progress on his health care bill.

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