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House Speaker: "Our Job is to Get the Facts"

by Countable | 5.17.17

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

Hello, fine Countable people,

Let’s just take this in for a second: House Speaker Paul Ryan -- the top Republican in Congress -- just said, "we’re going to want to hear from Mr. Comey."

"We can't deal with speculation and innuendo... our job is to get the facts and be sober about doing that."

That does not sound like a someone prepared to do anything to protect President Trump. Add to that the increasing ire from other Republicans -- Senator John McCain calling the current scandal "of Watergate size and scale," Congressman Justin Amash telling reporters it could be grounds for impeachment -- and you see that a storm appears to be brewing.

Then again, never underestimate Washington’s ability to brew a tempest where tea should be. So watch this space, and we’ll keep you up on the latest.

The President: IN WASHINGTON / GROTON, CT

  • Gives remarks at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony

The House of Representatives: IN SESSION

The Senate: IN SESSION

  • Vote on the nomination of Rachel Brand to be Associate Attorney General.

What to Watch

  • The unbelievable whirl of damnation, conjecture and defense about the Trump/Russia scandal coming out of the Capitol. Whatever you think about this situation, this is a critical time for Americans be in contact with their Reps. Hit the Take Action button and tell them what you think!

-- Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor of Countable

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  • Sally
    05/17/2017
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    Unfortunately The Speaker has shown a craven desire for power. I trust him as far as I can throw him. He will do and say whatever he thinks will benefit him and keep him in the forefront

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  • Brandy
    05/17/2017
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    Pressure the republicans to mean what they say. So far they have proven that they will not do anything against this corrupt president. They just want to push their agenda above what is best for the country and the people. We need a special outside investigation into this. They need to be reminded who they work for. They have not had the best interest of the people and have not been doing what's best for the people in a long time. WE ARE WATCHING.

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  • Anton
    05/17/2017
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    I demand an independent investigation now. This is gone on too long. We need answers now.

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  • Damon
    05/17/2017
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    I have ZERO faith in Paul Ryan to do anything that is remotely in the best interest of the people! He is a money grabber and his government is for sale! If you need him to back something, simply throw large amounts of money into his "campaign" and, PRESTO, you get good government! Eddie Munster needs to go!

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  • Eric
    05/17/2017
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    I'm sick of politics and I'm sick of a president who seems to have the American people last on his priority list if we are even on it at all. I'm also sick of Republicans cowering in the corner instead of standing up for what's right. We need this Russian puppet out of the white house. I could care less about who is a Republican or who is a Democrat. We need to get this erratic narcissistic Russian spy out of the top position in our government. We desperately need an independent investigation as my trust in any elected official today has been completely eroded. I'm 35 years old and have been deeply concerned about our political system as a whole my entire life. Now I find only validation with this continued deepening concern. We have to change the way politics is played today. I know I'm not alone and this sentiment is growing stronger and larger as the days go forward.

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  • Beth
    05/17/2017
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    Paul Ryan just said that he has confidence in the President. Really? After the melt downs, projection of crimes, and incompetency he can still stand by the POTUS of the GOP party??? He has got to be very desperate.

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  • charlie
    05/17/2017
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    My Senators and Congressman have led the way in calling for an independent commission and a special prosecutor. Today I hope our Senators refuse to allow action of Rachel Brand until we get. Special Prosecutor appointed. On the House side we need renewed pressure for a full investigation by a bi partisan commissions. Thank you all.

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  • denali
    05/17/2017
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    Yes, the facts are important. But the facts should be obtained RIGHT AWAY. Nothing should be done until this is resolved. Now.

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  • Sdparris
    05/17/2017
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    All Congress has to do is supoena the White House for records and transcripts of meetings, at the white house and at Mara Lago. They can also supeona Trump holdings to get solid information on business, personal, political connection with foreign entities. In otherwords, is personalprofit being had at the cost of National security and/or interests. We need honest transparency from the White house. It is congress's job to enforce the check and balance. Their failure to do so is dangerous on several levels

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  • Bernadette
    05/17/2017
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    What could be more clear ? It is past time to appoint an independent investigator to conduct a THOROUGH investigation into Russia's interference in our presidential election and let the cards fall where they may . The American people deserve and demand this. Bernadette Fiocca Ithaca NY 14850

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  • Lisa
    05/17/2017
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    The Rot and Stink is coming from protecting a Party instead of protecting the Nation. The GOP will own that Stink and Rot. It will be a Historic failure of an entire party. Very Few have the courage to stand for what is Right and Ethical. We are shouting for the GOP to be courageous and do the right thing. Investigate this Administration with an open mind. Be the agents that will truly hold the spirit of our forefathers up and not the agents who throw those brilliant thinkers into the toilet.

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  • Michael
    05/17/2017
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    Stay on this, Congress! There's plenty of smoke to find the fire.

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  • Beth
    05/17/2017
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    Donald Trump is an absolute disgrace to this country. This is no longer about party lines this is about keeping our people and our country safe, and he has jeopardized all the above enough. Am I the only person terrified of that fact he is still in our White House? Still privy to classified intel? And many of the representatives of my state are saying nothing? Doing nothing? Hiding like cowards instead of doing the job you were all elected to do? When will you all finally come together and end this?

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  • Kelly
    05/17/2017
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    Stop talking and covering and begin some impeachment hearings, this is ridiculous, Comey maybe the last few in DC that has any integrity.

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  • Peggy
    05/17/2017
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    Of course an independent investigations is required. Please subpoena Mr Comey who has indicated he is eager to testify and in a public hearing. We the people deserve the truth and action. This President is tainted and unfit

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  • Linda
    05/17/2017
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    It is past time for Republicans to hold Trump accountable. Stop shielding him so you can give tax cuts to the rich. Special prosecutor now. An independent investigation and special prosecutor should have been launched months ago! I was alarmed to see that my rep had voted 7 times for Trump not to show his taxes. Where are your ethics? Quit giving mouth service and start impeachment proceedings immediately.

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  • Christi
    05/17/2017
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    It is time to put patriotism ahead of party and insist on facts. We must have an independent investigation, NOW. Sam Graves, I'm looking at you. Forget for a moment that you are a Republican and remember that you are an American.

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  • Norm
    05/18/2017
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    Ok Democrats, here's your chance to win over and empathize with your counterparts for taking too long to sign off to find "only the truth" and follow the evidence. Making pals brings america together and shows strength of character. I still want Donald Trumps taxes revealed and examined no matter what results from the hearings

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  • Carolyn
    05/17/2017
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    It is about time our representatives started acting for the people rather than the party. This is the UNITED States not four years of only Republicans. If Paul Ryan leads a legitimate investigation of Trump as a competent president, rather than just looking at him as the Republican winner then I will have a lot more respect for Ryan. Because any truly objective person can see that Pence would make a much better president than Trump, regardless of whether you're Democrat or Republican. Inexperience our country could deal with. But downright incompetence is an entirely different story. Not only is Trump incompetent, he very well might not be mentally stable. Pence might not have the same political views as many, but he is not incompetent and he is not mentally deficient.

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  • Amanda
    05/17/2017
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    Donald Trump is an absolute disgrace to this country. This is no longer about party lines this is about keeping our people and our country safe, and he has jeopardized all the above enough. Am I the only person terrified of that fact he is still in our White House? Still privy to classified intel? And the representatives of my state are saying nothing? Doing nothing? Hiding like cowards instead of doing the job you were all elected to do? Gallagher it is absolutely disgusting to me as a veteran who fought for this country you now say nothing that Trump is ruining that same country ? When will you all finally come together and end this?

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