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.

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"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.

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