Ryan, speaking in an interview broadcast Sunday, declined to wade into the nasty feud between President Trump and James B. Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director whom Trump fired a year ago and who is now promoting a book describing the experience.
And Moss added to his comments: "Comey is still infinitely more credible than the president".
Comey said he and Trump first met at the pre-inauguration intelligence briefing, and Trump asked him one question regarding the investigation into Russian interference: "You found there was no impact on the result, right?"
In true Trump fashion, the president punched back hard on Twitter unleashing a rare double tweet.calling Comey "a weak and untruthful slime ball". In May, shortly after Comey's dismissal, he rejected Trump's description of Comey as a "nut job" and said "I like Comey" - though he also defended Trump's decision to fire him.
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The Republican National Committee has started an effort to discredit Comey on social media, in digital advertising, and through a website, lyincomey.com, ahead of the release of the book. "It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so", Comey reportedly wrote in his book, describing the moment he first met the president previous year.
On April 11 - the last time the two men spoke before Comey was sacked on May 9 - Trump called Comey to make sure they were going to "get out" that Trump was not under investigation.
Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Regarding a private dinner with Trump where the president demanded loyalty, Comey compared it to the Mafia induction ceremony of Sammy (The Bull) Gravano. Comey told ABC News that after this, Trump said something that distracted him: "He said, 'If there's even a one percent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's awful'". Comey details his conversations with Trump in the early weeks of 2017, noting how often Trump tried to isolate Comey one-on-one and elicit a pledge of loyalty. Comey described being struck that the president and his staff never expressed any interest in Russian election-meddling and how to prevent it again.
"James Comey, a man of integrity?" Comey announced weeks before the election that he would not recommend that charges be filed for Hillary Clinton's handling of emails while secretary of state.
Would you take him at his word?