Justice offers new look at classified info

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"I think he was talking about a particular point of time with a particular piece of information that the FBI had and under the umbrella of a criminal investigation".

"As Chairman Nunes said just the other day, if we got all the information we're looking for, we could wrap this up faster".

Ryan said earlier that he agreed with GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy's assessment that there was no evidence to support the commander-in-chief's "SPYGATE" claims. Mr. Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and one of House Republicans' most experienced investigators. He added there's "more digging to do" before a final judgment is made.

In a significant shift, the Justice Department will extend an offer on Thursday to top lawmakers on Capitol Hill to review certain documents related to the FBI's use of a confidential intelligence source during the 2016 presidential campaign early next week, according to a senior Justice Department official.

Initially, the Justice Department resisted providing Congress with the materials, fearing the source's life would be placed at risk, but it later chose to provide members with classified briefings to answer questions.

The House Speaker said he has seen "no evidence" of so-called "deep state" spying during a press conference on Wednesday. We have some more documents to review. Ryan and Gowdy attended the first briefing with Nunes and Schiff.

Before the House took last week off, members of the Intelligence Committee received a classified briefing on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

The Justice Department's decision to provide multiple briefings on the subject is a significant departure from its initial stance after receiving Nunes's subpoena.

Even if there's no action behind it, Ryan has chosen an odd time to challenge Trump and his allies.

Democrats have charged that the GOP's complaints with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department are all part of an orchestrated campaign to help the White House discredit the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged links between Trump and Kremlin officials.

Though senators are invited to the briefing, there has been less interest in that chamber in prolonging the public fight over information concerning the informant.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed those remarks Tuesday, telling reporters Trump should not consider pardoning himself if it came to that.

After the briefing, Gowdy told told Fox News he's "even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do" in its handling of the Russian Federation investigation and possible links to Trump's campaign. "And that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".

In May, Rosenstein briefed senior Republican and Democrat party members about the case.

Speaking on Carlson's primetime show Wednesday night, Swalwell denied that the FBI's alleged informant - veteran spy and academic Stefan Halper - actually spied on the Trump campaign, arguing that "spying is what you do against an enemy".

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