Paul Ryan Boldly Rejects Trump’s War on the FBI, Which He Enabled


"Let me say it this way: I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate, but we have some more digging to do", Ryan said.

Most experts say his claims of the right to self-pardon, and accusation that the Mueller investigation is unconstitutional, lack strong legal foundation.

But if you think Gowdy and Ryan's comments would be enough to prompt Trump's House Republican supporters to move on, think again. Ryan on Wednesday agreed.

On Tuesday, the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, also discouraged talk of a self-pardon by Trump.

Trump insisted in a series of angry tweets last month that the agency planted a spy "to help Crooked Hillary win", referring to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. "Normally I don't like to comment on classified briefings". Trump soon seized on the issue and has made unproven claims of Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct and political bias.

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

Last week, Gowdy, a former prosecutor, publicly defended the Justice Department's actions.

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Ryan spoke out to defend Trey Gowdy, a fellow Republican and friend, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and was briefed on what Trump calls "spygate" last month.

"It would have been helpful if we got this information earlier", he added.

As spies posing as small business owners with their two children, the two main characters, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, befriend Americans to get information, plant information, or in some instances totally eliminate threats to their mission, all while protecting Russian Federation.

A January memo from Trump's legal team to Mueller asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice.

On Thursday, after the Justice Department offered the new briefing, Burr said "I have a hard time figuring out what else they could produce". "But I think obviously the answer is, he shouldn't and no one is above the law".

Gohmert didn't provide any evidence, and wasn't in the briefing with Gowdy and Ryan, but argued that unfounded allegations of spies infiltrating the Trump campaign is the latest indication a second special counsel is needed.

He said the department had brought documents to the previous briefing, but "I didn't need to look at them because I knew what they were".