Ryan warns Trump against pardoning himself

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But they eventually relented after pressure from Trump, Nunes and Ryan. "We would just disagree with that", said Rooney, who is leaving Congress after this term.

There is a growing sense that Republicans are uncomfortable with those statements.

After reviewing highly classified information last week, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, dismissed the assertion that U.S. agents targeted Trump. Branding the effort "spygate" on Twitter, Trump said it was "starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history".

Both Ryan and Gowdy, who have now publicly defended the FBI's actions, were at the meeting. "And that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".

"I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate", Ryan told reporters.

Matt Gaetz fired a shot across Speaker Paul D. Ryan's bow Wednesday, claiming Ryan was siding with the "deep state", the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department over congressional Republicans trying to conduct oversight on those agencies.

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"The evidence I've seen gave plenty of damn good reasons", Swalwell said. "They were too close to the Russians".

After much squabbling, the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Mark Warner of Virginia and Rep. Adam Schiff of California.

"The president is concerned about the matter, and we're going to continue to follow the issue", Sanders added.

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'.

Ryan said it has been "frustrating" that the Justice Department hasn't provided the documents sooner. "We have some more digging to do". On Wednesday, Burr appeared ready to move on, saying the briefing he attended "sufficiently covered everything to do with this right now". We have some more documents to review.

In another tweet he called Mueller's appointment by the Department of Justice in 2017 "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the briefing that he learned "nothing particularly surprising". "Today for the first time I was hearing colleagues say if Speaker Ryan won't stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy, not weaponizing [the] intelligence community against the presidential campaign, do we need to look at other choices?" "As long as we have Republicans in the leadership positions who think it's okay to have Orwellian spies spy on presidential campaigns of one party, then we have bigger problems than just the briefing".

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