Ryan Says There's 'No Evidence' The FBI Informant Spied On Trump's Campaign

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"Normally I don't comment on briefings, let me say it this: I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate".

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

In what the New York Times described as the GOP beginning to show "signs of resistance", on Wednesday, Paul Ryan joined the handful of Republican lawmakers standing up to President Trump's war on the rule of law - sort of. 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". That's according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In delivering his rebuke of Trump's and Nunes' claims, Ryan was careful on Wednesday not to disparage all of Nunes' complaints with the Justice Department, which include several unfulfilled demands for documents unrelated to the spying accusations - but which Democrats still feel are meant to undermine the federal law enforcement agencies and, by extension, the foundations of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the election outcome. The official declined to be named because the briefings are classified. But they eventually relented after pressure from Trump, Nunes and Ryan.

Ryan said: "I don't know the technical answer to that question but obviously he shouldn't". But three top Republicans who attended classified briefings on the subject last month, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have said there was no evidence of a political spy.

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

His comments prompted a wave of push back from Trump allies, including the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who called him "uninformed". "As Chairman Nunes said the other day, if we had the information we could wrap this up faster", he said about the California Republican, a staunch Trump loyalist who worked on his transition.

"I have no disagreement with the description Trey Gowdy gave", Burr said. "No one is above the law".

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".

'It looks to me like the Federal Bureau of Investigation was doing what President Trump said I want you to do - find it out'.