As former FBI Director James Comey offered scathing testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) went on the record to defend President Donald Trump and argued that what the director perceived as an attempt to create a "patronage relationship" should instead be viewed as the behavior of a president who just didn't know any better.
"The president's new at this," Ryan said. "He's new to government."
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 8, 2017
1. This excuse is absurd
2. Trump actually isn't new at asking people to put loyalty to him over integrity. https://t.co/gv1FSdVrms
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) June 8, 2017
Ryan was pressed by reporters if lack of experience should excuse the behaviors documented in Comey's testimony.
"I'm not saying it's an acceptable excuse," Ryan responded. "It's just my observation."
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 8, 2017
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) was among the unimpressed.
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) June 8, 2017
He threw people out of the room. He asked for personal loyalty. Trump knew exactly what he was doing. It’s called obstruction of justice. https://t.co/mgcBv0ji0i
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) June 8, 2017