Ryan joins Gowdy on Russian Federation probe: Federal Bureau of Investigation did nothing wrong

Geraldine Edwards
June 9, 2018

Gowdy, Ryan and other congressional leaders were briefed last month on the FBI's use of a confidential source that interacted with Trump's campaign two years ago as the Justice Department began investigating Russian meddling.

"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.

Trump has maintained, without publicly presenting evidence, that former President Barack Obama imbedded a "spy" into his campaign, dubbing the alleged incident "Spygate". We still have some unanswered questions ...

"I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made", Ryan said Wednesday.

In another tweet he called Mueller's appointment by the Department of Justice in 2017 "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL". The Gang of Eight - a group of lawmakers that includes the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence committees - was given the same briefing later that afternoon.

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Trump, without offering any evidence, has repeatedly alleged on Twitter that the Justice Department planted a spy inside his presidential campaign.

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

On Sunday, Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that it would be "unthinkable" for Trump to pardon himself - but that it was something the president could "probably" do - because it would nearly certainly lead to impeachment proceedings in Congress.

Following Ryan's comments Wednesday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., told CNN that he also endorses Gowdy's take on the evidence.

DOJ officials have balked at some of the document requests from Congress out of concern that they shouldn't be sharing information about the Russian Federation investigation before it is done.

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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.

Authors information: Karoun Demirjian is a congressional reporter covering national security, including defense, foreign policy, intelligence and matters concerning the judiciary.

Gaetz expressed frustration over Ryan's comments earlier Wednesday that he agreed with Rep. Lame Duck Speaker: "Get the hell out of the office, you're going to send us to perdition and destruction in the midterm elections".

On May 24, top officials at the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence provided two briefings to lawmakers, but the scope of what exactly was revealed about the source's work was unclear at the time.

Ryan issued a careful warning about the idea of Trump pardoning himself.

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"I would think you would want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to find whether or not there was any validity to what those people were saying", Gowdy said.

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