Paul Ryan disagrees with President Trump's characterizing James Comey as a 'nut job'

​​​​​

On May 19, the New York Times reported, based on an inside account, that President Trump, while meeting with Russian officials, called former FBI Director James Comey a "nut job."

Mike Allen of Axios recently asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to comment on the alleged statement.

Ryan said, "Yeah, I don't agree with that, and he's not."

He went on to say, "I like Jim Comey. I know that there are people on both sides of the aisle concerned with decisions he made. I think he was put into an impossible position."

RELATED: Reactions to Trump's firing of James Comey

23 PHOTOS
Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey
See Gallery
Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey
But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey https://t.co/Wrwj6sGqnz
Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia's interference in 2016 election https://t.co/LfKlwSw6iQ
EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of… https://t.co/NZY4qh3uiz
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore… https://t.co/lXBIJtTf18
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings". https://t.co/iMsNmdPmHi
LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian." https://t.co/n4R4fWSgib
Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp… https://t.co/pSEu3XXsj5
Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey #mepolitics https://t.co/LHCcbPJMsb https://t.co/xNUeGvENlv
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Ryan recalled that when he received the now infamous late October letter from Comey regarding renewed interest in Hillary Clinton's emails, "That one really kind of took me by surprise, and I remember thinking to myself, 'what an impossible, no-win position or decision he had to make.'"

After Trump's comments about Comey were reported by the New York Times, Comey's father had harsh words to say about the president.

According to the Bergen Record, 86-year-old J. Brien Comey said in a recent interview, "I never was crazy about Trump."

He added, "I'm convinced that he's nuts. I thought he belonged in an institution. He was crazy before he became president. Now he's really crazy."

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.