Ryan Says There's 'No Evidence' The FBI Informant Spied On Trump's Campaign

Ryan Says There's 'No Evidence' The FBI Informant Spied On Trump's Campaign

Ryan Says There's 'No Evidence' The FBI Informant Spied On Trump's Campaign

The FBI tapped an informant to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election; as part of that effort, the informant, a retired American professor and foreign policy expert for Republican presidents, reportedly talked to some of Trump's campaign advisers who had ties to Russia.

The move represented a notable concession for the department in an ongoing saga over the Federal Bureau of Investigation source who reportedly met with at least three Trump campaign aides during the campaign - a point President Donald Trump has seized on in recent weeks to assert, without evidence, that his campaign was wrongfully spied on.

After reviewing highly classified information last week, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, dismissed the assertion that USA agents targeted Trump.

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. "Today, for the first time, I was hearing colleagues say, 'Well, you know, if Speaker Ryan won't stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy, not weaponizing an intelligence community against a presidential campaign, do we need to look at other choices?'"

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

They've convened one briefing already for committee leaders and one for the "Gang of Eight".

Ryan also noted that he has seen no evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, which special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating.

No court has ruled on whether a president can pardon himself, though the Department of Justice wrote in a 1974 opinion, days before former President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace, that the president "cannot pardon himself".

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That statement was issued by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and the top Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence panels, Sen.

Ryan also said that even if Trump has the legal authority to pardon himself, that's not something he should do because "no one is above the law".

"We have some more documents to review, we still have some unanswered questions", Ryan said.

"They are a group of 13 highly partisan Democrats that make up the Mueller team, excluding him, (who) are trying very, very hard to frame him, to get him in trouble, when he hasn't done anything wrong", Giuliani said at a question-and-answer session at the Globes capital markets conference in Tel Aviv.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that President Donald Trump shouldn't pardon himself.

Ryan's comments Thursday echo the conclusion of a House Intelligence Committee report released earlier this year.

"Undercover informant, confidential informant, those are all words I'm familiar with, I've never heard the term spy used", he said, when asked about the president's repeated use of the word "spy".

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