President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the ongoing congressional probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow are the “last straw” for him and his administration.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to California, Trump said he’s “going to continue to keep on the pressure” on Congress for answers about the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia and its meddling in the election.
“The House is going to have to act and they have to come up with their own report,” Trump said, adding, “I think they have a lot of good people on there.”
Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week that the House would soon start to investigate Russian interference.
Trump said he doesn’t believe that the investigations will lead to any indictments, though he acknowledged that he has not seen the House’s findings.
“We’re going to continue the pressure.
I think they’re going, frankly, to find some pretty good results, if you will, with some pretty bad results,” Trump added.
Ryan, who has been critical of Trump’s handling of Russia, said Wednesday he has asked his Republican counterparts to support a bipartisan investigation into Russia.
“I think it would be very important for the House to have an investigation.
It would be important for us to have some kind of a bipartisan inquiry,” Ryan said on CNN’s “New Day.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both said that they plan to launch their own probes into Russia’s interference in their respective chambers.
Trump also appeared to suggest that he would be willing to accept an investigation of his own.
“Well, you know, I’ve had a very, very good relationship with my son, Donald Trump Jr., and you know I’m not going to be doing any investigations of myself.
I don’t think so,” Trump told reporters at the White House.”
But I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and I think we’re going be very, really strong and we’re gonna keep the people who do a lot in check.”
Trump has said that his relationship with Trump Jr. is not personal.
He has said the meeting took place to discuss whether the Kremlin could obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton and that he didn’t know about it at the time.
Trump Jr. has said in a series of emails released by WikiLeaks that he was told that the meeting was about adoptions of Russian children by Americans.
The meeting also focused on a controversial anti-Trump political ad that the Trump family created during the campaign.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, Ryan called for an investigation into the meeting, and called for a bipartisan probe of Russia’s meddling.
“House must take up #RussianGate investigation as soon as possible,” Ryan tweeted.