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House Speaker Paul Ryan fielded questions about rumors that President Trump may dismiss Special Counsel Robert Mueller at his weekly press conference Tuesday. The questions come after Trump's close friend, Newsmax publisher Chris Ruddy, said the President is considering firing Mueller.
Ryan's quote: "The best case for the President is to be vindicated by allowing this investigation to go on thoroughly and independently. So I think the best advice would be to let Robert Mueller do his job."
Why it matters: At one point, a reporter asked Ryan what would happen if Mueller was fired. Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told her the press was "creating a debate that is not happening." But Ruddy's comments and Newt Gingrich's tweet questioning Mueller's ability to be fair indicate a debate is already happening.