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

Ryan 'Obviously' Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Greg Nash

On May 24, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray led a team which disclosed documents and delivered a briefing concerning what has come to be known as "Spygate" to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

Paul Ryan, the US House speaker, said on Wednesday that Donald Trump should not pardon himself and pointed out that "no-one is above the law" - becoming the most senior Republican in Congress to speak out against the president's assertion that he has the "absolute" power to do so.

Zeldin, who is in his second term, noted that Speaker Ryan said that Congress needed to see all the documents on the Russian Federation inquiry to get a complete idea of what occurred within the Trump campaign. After Ryan's remarks, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr - who was briefed with Ryan and other top lawmakers on the informant last month - said Gowdy's analysis was correct. "I'll leave it at that".

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Ryan said it has been "frustrating" that the Justice Department hasn't provided the documents sooner. He added there's "more digging to do" before a final judgment is made. "We still have some unanswered questions".

President Trump has said the FBI's alleged surveillance campaign was "bigger than Watergate", and the Department of Justice has formally requested a review of the surveillance application process used by the FBI to determine "whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation". "I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made".

McConnell said Tuesday the question of whether Trump has legal authority to pardon himself is "an academic discussion", but Trump "obviously knows that would not be something that he would or should do".

But Mr. Ryan became the highest-ranking Republican to throw cold water on that interpretation, which Democrats and former high-level law enforcement officials have claimed was an effort to discredit the ongoing investigation into Mr. Trump and his campaign.

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