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DOJ offers new briefing as lawmakers dispute Trump spy claim

08 June, 2018, 10:42 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Speaker Ryan Dismisses Trump’s Charges of a Spy in his Campaign

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he agrees that an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant wasn't spying on Donald Trump's campaign, contradicting assertions by the president. "Speaker Ryan needs to step up, he needs to join us in a call for a second special counsel, and for goodness sakes, stop defending the FBI's collection of intelligence on the Trump campaign when they refuse to give us the documents to show whether or not they broke the law". He demanded a Justice Department inquiry of the matter and dubbed the matter "SPYGATE" in repeated posts on Twitter.

Asked about Trump's assertion that he has the power to pardon himself in the event Robert Mueller's collusion probe finds dirt on him, Ryan added: 'Obviously, the answer is he shouldn't, and no one is above the law'.

It is not the first time that Ryan has asserted there was no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation.

"I think chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate", Ryan said, but then also offered support for House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes' ongoing investigation into the Justice Department. 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.

"President Trump is not above the law", Smith said. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., also said he has seen no evidence of that.

Ryan said Congress has "more digging to do" and that he wished they had gotten the information earlier. The Justice Department had no comment. But they eventually relented after pressure from Trump, Nunes and Ryan.

The committee would not comment on the investigation Thursday. "If he did, he'd be impeached so fast", Giuliani said. Lame Duck Speaker: "Get the hell out of the office, you're going to send us to perdition and destruction in the midterm elections".

Democratic congressional leaders have said that giving Trump or his lawyers access to the materials would set a unsafe precedent for an ongoing investigation and have asked the Justice Department to let them know if they do give that access.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed those remarks Tuesday, telling reporters Trump should not consider pardoning himself if it came to that.

He said the department had brought documents to the previous briefing, but "I didn't need to look at them because I knew what they were".

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