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Paul Ryan Contradicts Donald Trump on Spygate and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

08 June 2018

Though fellow House Intelligence Committee member Trey Gowdy (R-SC), also came out in support the FBI's use of an informant on the Trump campaign, Politico calls Rooney's remarks "the most forceful repudiation to date from a Republican lawmaker".

Mr. Ryan backed Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of SC, who pursued Hillary Clinton as the chairman of a special select committee on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, but infuriated some Republican partisans by rebuffing Mr. Trump on "Spygate".

Security officials have told the media that the use of informants, such as Halper, is not an illegal or unusual practice per se, and some, such as James Clapper, who was the Director of National Intelligence at the time of the investigation, claim that such data collection in the midst of a live political race was justified by the immediate threat of Russia's alleged meddling.

"Paul Ryan stating that no man is above the law and that Donald Trump shouldn't pardon himself is something that we should seize upon", Scarborough added, "because right now the president of the United States believes that he is above the law".

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"This is about Russian Federation and what they did and making sure they don't do it again", Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters, in comments excoriating federal law enforcement agencies for not being more forthcoming with documents that lawmakers had requested until Ryan personally intervened.

Ryan backed Gowdy on Wednesday in response to a question at the GOP's weekly leadership team press conference. I think we have some more digging to do.Wwe are waiting for some more document requests.

"I don't know the technical answer to that question, but I think obviously the answer is he shouldn't and no one is above the law", Ryan told reporters on Wednesday.

Ryan also dismissed another of Trump's contentions - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department planted an informant in his 2016 presidential campaign.

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The Justice Department said late Wednesday it would extend an offer to top congressional lawmakers to brief them further and to provide another opportunity for the lawmakers to review "certain supporting documents" made available during the May 24 briefing. "Normally I don't like to comment on classified briefings".

The department originally denied Congress access to any of the documents, citing national security concerns. Ryan and Gowdy attended the first briefing with Nunes and Schiff.

"It would have been helpful if we'd gotten this information earlier", Ryan added.

Though senators are invited to the briefing, there has been less interest in that chamber in prolonging the public fight over information concerning the informant. That's according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Paul Ryan Contradicts Donald Trump on Spygate and the Federal Bureau of Investigation