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Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Feds, DOJ Prepare 3rd Secret Briefing On Confidential Sources For Hill Bosses

Feds, DOJ Prepare 3rd Secret Briefing On Confidential Sources For Hill Bosses

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that President Donald Trump should not pardon himself, noting that no one in the United States is above the law. 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.

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

The briefings come as President Donald Trump has pushed the idea that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used a secret informant to spy on his 2016 presidential campaign.

Ryan told reporters he's seen "seen no evidence to the contrary" of Gowdy's assessment that no such spy was planted. "As we sit here today Lou, members of Congress have not seen the documents that show why this investigation even began".

The briefing will be for the Gang of Eight - the senior Democrat and Republican in the Senate and House, as well as the senior members of each party on their respective intelligence committees.

His comments prompted a wave of push back from Trump allies, including the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who called him "uninformed".

The official said they are prepared to "brief members on certain questions specifically raised by Ryan and other members".

Ryan's "no collusion" remarks on Thursday echo the conclusions drawn earlier this year in a report from the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee, which is led by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Asked whether Ryan believes the president has the power to pardon himself, Ryan conceded he didn't "know the technical answer to that question". 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.

The revelations over the source has caused consternation between the Justice Department, Capitol Hill and the White House for weeks. "The Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation take congressional inquiries seriously and believe that the documents provided next week will be valuable to the Gang of Eight".

Ryan said Wednesday that he agreed with Gowdy's conclusions. Lame Duck Speaker: "Get the hell out of the office, you're going to send us to perdition and destruction in the midterm elections".

Gowdy and Ryan were among a small group of congressional leaders briefed on the informant late last month by top officials from the FBI, Justice Department and the office of the director of national intelligence. But it was Ryan who took the brunt of the blowback on conservative media, particularly from the GOP faction on Capitol Hill that has been leading the charge against the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

"Well, I know - that's why I started out by saying when you got Republicans that think it's okay to spy on their presidential campaign that they didn't support really whole hog, then that is a major problem", Gohmert replied.

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