Paul Ryan tells Donald Trump not to pardon himself in Russian Federation probe

Paul Ryan tells Donald Trump not to pardon himself in Russian Federation probe

Asked whether Ryan believes the president has the power to pardon himself, Ryan conceded he didn't "know the technical answer to that question".

The comments contradict Trump, who has insisted the agency planted a "spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win".

There is a growing sense that Republicans are uncomfortable with those statements. The full Gang of Eight - which includes the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence committees - received the same briefing later the same afternoon. Gowdy, from SC, and the House Oversight Committee chairman, said last month's briefing persuaded him the FBI's actions were appropriate.

Trying to combat President Donald Trump's allegations of misconduct, the Justice Department is offering lawmakers a new look at classified documents next week on the FBI's use of an informant in the Russian Federation investigation. Trump said it was "starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history".

Even after Gowdy said there's nothing to Trump's allegations, the White House has sought to keep the waters muddy. "And that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".

Ryan, R-Wis., said he thought "Chairman [Trey] Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate".

Ryan said earlier that he agreed with GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy's assessment that there was no evidence to support the commander-in-chief's "SPYGATE" claims.

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On Thursday, after the Justice Department offered the new briefing, Burr said "I have a hard time figuring out what else they could produce".

Before the House took last week off, members of the Intelligence Committee received a classified briefing on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. "He should not pardon himself and there's no evidence at all that the Federal Bureau of Investigation put a spy in the Trump campaign". Adam Schiff, Calif., also attended the briefing.

"The president is concerned about the matter, and we're going to continue to follow the issue", Sanders added.

"But obviously the answer is he shouldn't, and no one is above the law", said Ryan, a leading member of Trump's Republican Party. Nunes has said the committee is still waiting for documents, and Ryan backed him on that Wednesday.

He added: "We want to see the documents - this matters far more to my client than to any member of Congress".

In another tweet he called Mueller's appointment by the Department of Justice in 2017 "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

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