Paul Ryan says Manafort, Gates indictments are ‘big news,’ declines comment

Democrats ask for independent investigation

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he knows indictments of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and an associate are big news, but he’s still not going to comment on it.

Ryan told reporters Monday in Wisconsin that he’s not commenting because he hasn’t read the indictments.

“It’s big news but this is what you get from a special counsel,” Ryan said. “I really have nothing to add because I haven’t even read it.”

Ryan said there would be “just no point” in speculating on something he hadn’t read.

He said, “This is what Bob Mueller was tasked to do. … that’s how the judicial process works.”

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said he believes the indictments show that special counsel Bob Muller is “doing a real investigation.”

“They’re willing to go after people and we just are going to have to keep watching as they bring in more and more people to find out what exactly happed with Russia interfering in our elections and whether there was any collusion from the Trump campaign,” Pocan said after an event in Madison on Monday.

Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have been calling for a separate independent investigation of Russia meddling in the election.

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted Monday on felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other charges as part of Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.