Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

House Speaker Paul Ryan defends Federal Bureau of Investigation work in 2016 election probe

House Speaker Paul Ryan defends Federal Bureau of Investigation work in 2016 election probe

"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.

Trump made the pardon assertion in a series of Twitter posts on Monday in which he criticized federal Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal probe of whether his 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the election.

But if you think Gowdy and Ryan's comments would be enough to prompt Trump's House Republican supporters to move on, think again. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the briefing that he learned "nothing particularly surprising".

The Justice Department says it will offer a third classified briefing for lawmakers next week on the FBI's handling of its Russian Federation probe. But he said Congress still has questions. 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.

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Late Wednesday evening, a senior Justice Department official said the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation would offer another briefing to lawmakers - the third briefing after two last month - to the so-called "Gang of 8", which includes congressional leaders from both parties and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees.

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

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

The committee would not comment on the investigation Thursday. "If we got all the information we were looking for, we could wrap this up faster", Ryan added.

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The Democrats are now alluding to the the concept that having an Informant placed in an opposing party's campaign is different than having a Spy, as illegal as that may be.

Fox News' Shep Smith began his Wednesday afternoon show by not only condemning President Donald Trump's latest attempt to thwart the rule of law, but also by using one of his erstwhile congressional ally's words against him.

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".

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

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