The U.S. sees the Kurds as strong military partners, but the Turkish government says they have ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which it views as a terrorist organization.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Wednesday that he supported "gathering the facts" with respect to President Donald Trump, while making it known that he believes "there are some people out there who want to harm the President".
A memo reportedly penned by Comey after a February meeting with Trump suggested the president had asked him to halt a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. The White House denies Comey's characterization of the meeting.
This revelation, which would be startling in calmer times, is made somewhat worse because of the other small detail it brings to light-the Trump campaign knew about the federal investigation into Flynn's lobbying activities way earlier than had been reported. We need to be focused on what our role is.
"I hope you can let this go, " Trump said, according to the Comey notes, which were described by the associates. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president and that means before rushing to judgment we get all the pertinent information", Ryan told reporters. "We are conducting oversight".
"The comments attributed to President Trump cross a risky line", Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce Brown said in a May 16 press release.
Ryan insisted Republicans won't be distracted from enacting the legislative agenda that they promised during the 2016 campaign.
"We can't deal with speculation and innuendo and there's clearly a lot of politics being played. The investigation needs to be done right and it needs to be done swiftly, so the American people can get the answers they deserve, and we can move on with the business of creating jobs, renegotiating NAFTA, and investing in our infrastructure".
"If one thing is clear from the meeting we just had, it is that Mr. Mueller has broad and wide-ranging authority to follow the facts wherever they go", said Senate Democrat Minority Leader Charles Schumer. "We're going to keep doing our job, we're going to keep passing our bills, we're going to keep advancing our reforms that we were elected to advance ... and that's what we'll be judged [on] in 2018".