May 17, 2017 / 2:37 PM / 2 months ago

Ryan tries to tamp down Comey memo furor, says has confidence in Trump

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan tried to tamp down the furor on Wednesday over reports that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to quash part of his Russia investigation, saying "we need the facts" and adding he has confidence in the president.

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, waves to demonstrators as he departs Public School 162 in the Harlem area of New York, U.S. May 9, 2017.Carlo Allegri

"I'm sure we're going to want to hear from Mr. Comey if this happens as he allegedly describes; why didn't he take action at the time? So there are a lot of unanswered questions," Ryan told reporters. "What I told our members is: now is the time to gather all the pertinent information."

Asked if he had confidence in Trump, Ryan said, "I do."

Reporting by Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by W Simon

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