1. House Speaker Paul Ryan walks into House briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:
"I believe that the professionals at the Justice Department need to do their jobs independently, objectively and thoroughly. And, I believe, the Special Counsel, which is Robert Mueller, now, helps them do that."
(Reporter: Do you think it interferes with the congressional investigations?)
"No, it doesn't actually. So, we are going to keep these investigations going here. As I've always said, I think the intelligence committees are the right place to do that. This is an investigation involving Russia, involving another country interfering with our elections. And, so the intelligence committee, in my opinion, is the best place for that. And so these bipartisan, bicameral investigations, House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, are going to continue their investigations."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:
"Look, that's what investigations are for. You now have a special counsel who will take over that portfolio within the Justice Department. I think it's appropriate. If the whole point is to have an independent investigation and follow the facts wherever they may lead, it is premature to prejudge anything at this point, only that we have a process in place, we have a process in place here in Congress and the administration now has a process in place in the Justice Department. I'll just have to leave it at that. "
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader:
"The appointment of FBI, former FBI Director (Robert) Mueller as special prosecutor is a good first step. The action shows the urgency of investigating the Trump-Russia possible collusion and interfering in our election. It also recognizes the gravity of the president's abuse of power in trying to shut down the FBI's investigation."
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader:
"There is reason to believe that the president's pandering to Russia is endangering our national security, our economy and our democracy. In a few days we'll be marking the first four months of the Trump administration. The 20th. The 20th of May. Nothing. He has nothing to show for it. We haven't seen any evidence of a jobs proposal. The president loves to talk about the election. The election was about jobs. Show us the jobs."
US House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that the House Intelligence Committee investigation will go on despite the appointment of a special counsel to examine evidence concerning possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Ryan noted that the professionals in the Justice Department and the professionals in the FBI will provide the administration's investigation, while Congress will work through the evidence as well.
The special counsel, Robert Mueller, will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crime he uncovered.
Ryan said the appointment was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead."
A short time later, Nancy Pelosi came to the House briefing room and suggested that the president is endangering national security.
She also noted that Trump is falling down on campaign promises, in particular to provide jobs, while his attention is diverted to other events.
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