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Paul Ryan assures America that he has spoken to Donald Trump about the Constitution

For anyone concerned about President-elect Donald Trump's grasp on the Constitution, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is already on the case. When asked about Trump's understanding of the differences between running a country and a business empire, Ryan said he has talked to Trump "extensively" about the founding document, particularly the section on the separation of powers. "We've talked about the Constitution, Article 1 on the Constitution, the separation of powers," Ryan said in an excerpt of a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday. "He feels very strongly, actually, that under President Obama's watch, he stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the legislative branch of government, and we want to reset the balance of power so that people and the Constitution are rightfully restored."

Trump's handle on the Constitution has been questioned on several occasions, such as when he said in July that he supported Article 12 of the Constitution. The Constitution has just seven articles.

You can catch Ryan's full 60 Minutes interview on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. In the meantime, watch the excerpt below. Becca Stanek