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

08 June, 2018, 09:09 | Author: Carlos George
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Ryan made the comments a day after contradicting Trump over whether there was an Federal Bureau of Investigation spy in his presidential campaign.

Gowdy and Ryan were among a small group of lawmakers who were briefed last month in a classified setting on the FBI's use of the information after pressure from the White House to disclose more information to Congress. The full Gang of Eight - which includes the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence committees - received the same briefing later the same afternoon.

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.

"SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" the president wrote last month, one of a flurry of adrenalized tweets on the topic.

On Wednesday, Ryan said he agreed with House Oversight and Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that there is no evidence of a planted spy. "And that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".

"I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate, but we have more digging to do", Ryan said.

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That did not stop the President's supporters from subsequently going after Gowdy, a fact which clearly rankled Ryan who has largely avoided contradicting Trump since clashes early on in his presidency. During a press briefing last week, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to Gowdy's comments by saying "clearly, there's still cause for concern that needs to be looked at".

Despite the statements, some House lawmakers may continue to pursue the issue.

Ryan also said he doesn't think Trump "should" pardon himself. We're waiting for some more document requests, we have some more documents to review. The official said they would provide new documents and also "the documents that were available for review but not inspected by the members at the previous briefing". He demanded a Justice Department inquiry of the matter and dubbed the matter "SPYGATE" in repeated posts on Twitter.

"Well, I know - that's why I started out by saying when you got Republicans that think it's okay to spy on their presidential campaign that they didn't support really whole hog, then that is a major problem", Gohmert replied.

The investigation has so far made no allegations against the president himself.

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