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As Trump's fired FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters that the president is new at this and that "he's not steeped in the ongoing protocols." Ryan added when prompted by questioning: "I'm not saying this is an excuse, I'm just saying it's my observation."

It's a "he said, he said" situation and Comey's word against Trump's (read more on that here). Ryan sidestepped most other questions on Comey, noting "I'm not gonna prejudge this."

Why the president is frustrated: "Because there's a lot of work to be done," Ryan said, referencing legislative work he is working on with the GOP, including trying to repeal the Dodd Frank Act.

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Democrats demand Trump release his tax returns after NYT report

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Democrats called on President Trump to disclose his tax returns following a New York Times report alleging he paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 and nothing in 10 of the past 15 years.

Details: Trump said the report was "total fake news," that he's unable to release the returns as they're "under audit" by the IRS, "which does not treat me well." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement the report "provides further evidence of the clear need" for a House lawsuit to access the tax returns and "ensure the presidential audit program is functioning effectively, without improper influence."