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

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan FBI Did Nothing Wrong Spying on Trump Campaign AP

'I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made, but I want to make sure we run every lead down and make sure we get final answers to these questions'.

Gowdy, after reviewing Justice Department documents on the FBI's and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, shot down Trump's claim.

Ryan also said he disagrees with a tweet this week in which Trump indicated he has authority to pardon himself, if needed. 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".

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.

Trump has claimed that a spy was planted in his campaign to help his Democratic opponent. "I won't keep commenting". Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., also said he has seen no evidence of that.

After reviewing highly classified information last week, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, dismissed the assertion that USA agents targeted Trump.

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

The comments came as Mueller's investigation, which includes possible illegal obstruction of the Russian Federation probe by the president, entered its second year.

"I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump", Gowdy told Fox News. The Justice Department had no comment.

Ryan also rejected Trump's claim that FBI investigators illegally placed an informant inside his campaign.

On Wednesday, Ryan was asked about the president's recent claim that he can pardon himself and said that "no one is above the law". "If I am watching you without your knowledge, gathering information without your knowledge, don't tell you about it, I'm spying on you", Carlson said.

"Obviously the answer is he shouldn't", Ryan said, regarding the president potentially pardoning himself.

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