Paul Ryan contradicts Trump’s claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a ‘spy’

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Ryan said Gowdy's "initial assessment is accurate" and he's seen no evidence to the contrary.

"I don't know the technical answer to that question, but I think obviously the answer is he shouldn't and no one is above the law", Ryan said.

"We want to see the documents - this matters far more to my client than to any member of Congress", he added.

Without evidence, Trump has accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation under then-President Barack Obama's administration of embedding an informant in his campaign as a spy, referring to the matter as "spygate". 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". "If we got all the information we were looking for, we could wrap this up faster". We still have some unanswered questions ...


"Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign, or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols", Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said.

"That will not change", Giuliani said of the demand to view the documents.

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"I want to run every lead down and make sure we get the final answers to the questions".


Ryan is retiring at the end of the congressional term.

Ryan said Congress has more digging to do and that he wished they had gotten the information earlier.

"What is the point of saying that there was a spy in the campaign when there was none?" 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.

That briefing apparently included clarifying details on the FBI's handling of the informant in Trump's 2016 campaign.


"I do believe that the president, when he says that his campaign was being spied on - his definition, his use of the word - is being consistent, not misleading", Zeldin told Erin Burnett on CNN.

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