1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:
"I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job. I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently and thoroughly. That to me is the smartest thing to do, the best thing to do and that's what I think, hopefully will happen."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:
"The VA needs real reform and this bill helps get that done. With this legislation (the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act,) Secretary (David) Shulkin will have the tools he needs to deliver the kinds of changes that our veterans have been demanding and most fundamentally, it will show our veterans that when we say we are a grateful nation, we mean it so we look forward to sending this major bipartisan legislation to the president's desk."
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the White House and President Donald Trump should let the special counsel's investigation continue, and await vindication.
Ryan told reporters Tuesday: "The best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job."
The Wisconsin Republican commented in response to a Trump friend, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, who suggested Monday night that the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated.
Ryan also pushed for the passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act during his press conference in Washington. The House of Representatives is expected to take up debate on the bill on Tuesday.