Paul Ryan Brushes Back Trump ‘Spygate’ Assertion, Opposes Pardon

Paul Ryan Brushes Back Trump ‘Spygate’ Assertion, Opposes Pardon

Paul Ryan Brushes Back Trump ‘Spygate’ Assertion, Opposes Pardon

"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.

The declarations by the leading Republicans are the latest indications that Trump lacks any evidence to back up his claims of a major political scandal he calls "spygate" - since those lawmakers were among a select group briefed on the classified intelligence at issue.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told NPR the use of such sources is highly regulated and managed at the highest levels of the bureau, but that he did not know in real time in 2016 about the counterintelligence investigation the FBI had launched.

A senior Justice Department official said the briefing will allow lawmakers "to review certain supporting documents that were made available during the prior briefing".

"In all of this, in any of this, there's been no evidence that there's been any collusion between the Trump campaign and President Trump and Russia", Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference.

The Department of Justice held the two briefings late last month amid reports that a longtime USA government informant approached members of Trump's campaign to gather intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election. Still, Ryan said he thinks there's "more digging to do". But it was Ryan who took the brunt of the blowback on conservative media, particularly from the GOP faction on Capitol Hill that has been leading the charge against the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

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On Wednesday, Ryan said he agreed with Gowdy but still wanted more information.

"I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got", Gowdy, R-S.C., said on Fox News last week. Later they led an additional briefing with the so-called "Gang of Eight".

Ryan also rejected Trump's claim that FBI investigators illegally placed an informant inside his campaign.

The move comes as Republican congressional leaders are publicly disputing President Donald Trump's claims that the government planted a spy in his 2016 campaign "to help Crooked Hillary win" - a reference to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

"I don't know the technical answer to that question, but I think obviously the answer is he shouldn't", Ryan said. Then, officials said they could not provide the requested information because the potential leak of such information could endanger lives and intelligence work. Lame Duck Speaker: "Get the hell out of the office, you're going to send us to perdition and destruction in the midterm elections". "If I am watching you without your knowledge, gathering information without your knowledge, don't tell you about it, I'm spying on you", Carlson said. "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".

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