House Speaker Paul Ryan "should be more aggressive" in trying to get to the bottom of the allegations that President Donald Trump requested from former FBI Director James Comey that he end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CNN.
Kasich, who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primary, said Ryan "should speak out more [on the issue] and hopefully he will."
Appearing at a CNN town hall with Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, Kasich emphasized that "this is not a time for Republicans to hide and I also don't think it is time for Democrats to exploit. Let's put our country first and we'll come out of this better . . . and to get to the bottom of this."
Kasich stressed that he did not want to speculate on the facts of the affair when many of the details are still unknown.
"We have to see where this all rests before we jump to any conclusion, because this is not fair to anyone, but we need to know," he said.
Kasich said he was open to the idea of a select special committee to probe the allegations, but wasn't ready to join Democrats in their call for a special prosecutor, saying he's "just trying to do this in a serious and sober way without raising the lights even brighter than what they currently are."
The Ohio governor said he regretted that the country's conversation is centered around these scandals and not on the important issues that should be the focus, pointing out that "the beauty of getting to the bottom of this is that it can get us to a point where we maybe can start talking to one other again and get to the business of the government.
"If you short-circuit an investigation, you will divide the country even more, and that is why it is so important that all of us, no matter what party we are, demand to get to the bottom of this."
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