Republican House Speaker says Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Pauline Gross
June 8, 2018

"Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate, but we have more digging to do", Mr. Ryan told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.

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

The US Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, also discouraged talk of a self-pardon by Trump on Tuesday.

He claims the Obama administration planted "eyes and ears" in his campaign team to help Hillary Clinton win the election.

Democrats made similar comments immediately after the briefing.

"I will be the first to say, God bless Paul Ryan for speaking out and sending a message, as speaker, to other Republicans who don't believe it right now, that no man is above the law", the "Morning Joe" co-host said.

After reviewing highly classified information last week, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, dismissed the assertion that USA agents targeted Trump.

BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY
You also have your choice between 64 or 128GB of internal storage , both of which can be upgraded to 256GB via a microSD card. Based on leaks, BlackBerry Key2 is not going to look too different from the original KeyOne which was launched in 2017.

Eagles' coach Pederson on White House: 'What you've heard is enough'
He has also has criticized the NFL's new policy , which prohibits players from kneeling/sitting on the field during the anthem . Four days later, the White House said in a statement that she had undergone a successful embolization procedure .

Magnificent Thiem crushes Zverev to reach semi-finals
"Me and my brother (Mischa) are guys that spend three, four hours a day in the gym, lifting heavy weights, on the treadmill". No 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria - a semi-finalist at Roland Garros the past two years - faces No 19 Kei Nishikori of Japan.

"Frankly the sooner the Department of Justice complies with all of our document requests, which are legitimate document requests, the better this is going to be for everybody, and had they complied with the document requests earlier when we made them, we probably could have spared the country of all of this drama", he said.

Gowdy said afterward he was convinced that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do" and he didn't see evidence of a spy.

Trump, without offering any evidence, has repeatedly alleged on Twitter that the Justice Department planted a spy inside his presidential campaign. "If we got all the information we were looking for, we could wrap this up faster", Ryan added.

"The evidence I've seen gave plenty of damn good reasons", Swalwell said. "They were too close to the Russians". On Wednesday, Burr appeared ready to move on, saying the briefing he attended "sufficiently covered everything to do with this right now".

On Wednesday, Ryan was asked about the president's recent claim that he can pardon himself and said that "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".

"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.

Other reports by GizPress

Discuss This Article