Contradicting Trump, Ryan agrees no evidence of campaign spy

Ryan 'Obviously' Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Ryan 'Obviously' Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Ryan's "no collusion" remarks on Thursday echo the conclusions drawn earlier this year in a report from the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee, which is led by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

The Senate Intelligence Committee agreed to provide records in response to a request from the Justice Department, and the Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution allowing it to do so.

Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was one of a select few lawmakers allowed into a briefing on highly classified Justice Department information pertaining to the FBI's use of a confidential informant to gain information from Trump campaign associates.

Ryan also rejected Trump's claim that FBI investigators illegally placed an informant inside his campaign. On Thursday, Trump also launched a fresh wave of attacks against Mueller's probe - or the "Witch Hunt Hoax", as he called it - attempting to paint it as "biased and conflicted".

Fox News' Shep Smith began his Wednesday afternoon show by not only condemning President Donald Trump's latest attempt to thwart the rule of law, but also by using one of his erstwhile congressional ally's words against him.

Asked by a reporter Wednesday if Trump does have that power, Ryan replied that he doesn't know the "technical answer" to the question.

But Ryan on Wednesday broke with the President and his conservative allies who have claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigation was spying on his campaign, when he said he agreed with South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy's assessment that the FBI's use of the confidential source was proper.

Last week, Gowdy, a former prosecutor, publicly defended the Justice Department's actions.

Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters on Wednesday that he thinks Gowdy's "initial assessment is accurate", and he has seen "no evidence to the contrary" of what Gowdy said. "This is about Russian Federation and what they did and making sure they don't do it again", Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters, in comments excoriating federal law enforcement agencies for not being more forthcoming with documents that lawmakers had requested until Ryan personally intervened.

"I run in the more conservative circles in the house, and I have never up until this point heard a single person talk about removing speaker Ryan from the speakership", Gaetz said.

Trying to combat President Donald Trump's allegations of misconduct, the Justice Department is offering lawmakers a new look at classified documents next week on the FBI's use of an informant in the Russian Federation investigation. "And so it's amusing, because I've gotten involved as Speaker of the House is why we've gotten as far as we've gotten".

Ryan's announcement appeared to surprise some fellow Republicans pushing for release of that information.

"I think that Trey Gowdy's description of the process was correct", Burr said, according to CNN, though he left open the possibility that Trump may not be referring to Halper when he alleges his campaign was infiltrated.

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