Ryan: House Will Investigate Deal For Bergdahl

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House Republicans will investigate President Barack Obama's deal to exchange five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan promised Virginia GOP members on the eve of their state convention Friday.

"I'm part of the IRS investigation," Ryan said at an after-dinner speech, reports Politico. “We’ve got the Benghazi investigation, the Veterans Affairs investigation, and we’re going to do an investigation about this troop transfer with the Taliban. So we’ve got a lot on our plate.”

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Ryan, at the dinner, also urged activists to unite behind Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, as the Senate is "a graveyard of good ideas" and Republicans must focus on aggressive oversight to hold Obama accountable.

The country would turn the corner if Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid becomes minority leader, but Republicans must show unity.

"We agree on the same principles. We actually all agree on the same policies," said Ryan. "Every now and again we disagree on tactics. So it’s very important that as a party we put those differences aside, we put them in perspective, and like Mel Gibson said in that great movie 'Braveheart,' 'we need to unite the clans!'"

Gillespie, a former lobbyist who served as a counselor to former President George W. Bush, is expected to be nominated as the GOP's candidate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. There are three other Republican candidates, but Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, is considered the favorite.

In March, a straw poll at a meeting of the Republican Party of Virginia found Gillespie was favored by 68 percent of participants in the four-way race.

If he wins, he will face a battle to unseat Warner, as polls going back to January have given the Democrat an average lead of 19 percentage points.

Ryan, offering a strong endorsement for Gillespie Friday, said that anybody can "give good speeches, but when it's difficult, you need someone who knows how to win these fights."

Gillespie worked his way through college as an attendant in the Senate parking lot, and "it would be kind of neat to see him go from the Senate parking lot to the Senate floor, wouldn’t it?”

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