Ryan contradicts Trump's claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a 'spy'

Ryan contradicts Trump's claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a 'spy'

Ryan contradicts Trump's claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a 'spy'

During a press conference on Republicans' ongoing immigration debate, House Speaker Paul Ryan briefly mentioned the Trump-Russia probe, insisting that there is no evidence of collusion.

Both Gowdy and Ryan said publicly that during a recent classified briefing, they received no information substantiating Trump's claims, which the president has repeatedly invoked on social media and during his speeches in an effort to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his campaign. "And if that makes us RINOs because we have a different opinion about what the Federal Bureau of Investigation was doing, then I guess we're RINOs". "And that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".

Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters on Wednesday that he thinks Gowdy's "initial assessment is accurate", and he has seen "no evidence to the contrary" of what Gowdy said.

"SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" the president wrote last month, one of a flurry of adrenalized tweets on the topic.

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

"At least we know that the third most powerful constitutional law officer of the United States of America does not believe that", he added.

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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. During an interview with Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) openly mused about removing Ryan from his role as House Speaker ahead of November's elections.

"I have no disagreement with the description Trey Gowdy gave", Burr said.

Speaking on Carlson's primetime show Wednesday night, Swalwell denied that the FBI's alleged informant - veteran spy and academic Stefan Halper - actually spied on the Trump campaign, arguing that "spying is what you do against an enemy".

Democrats made similar comments immediately after the briefing. Adam Schiff, Calif., also attended the briefing.

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

According to a senior DOJ official's statement to Politico, this latter group, consisting of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, will reconvene on Monday or Tuesday to receive additional documents.

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