Paul Ryan tells Donald Trump not to pardon himself in Russian Federation probe

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At issue was the speaker's defense of the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier in the day for pursuing information from an informant in President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign about Russian interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. "Speaker Ryan needs to step up, he needs to join us in a call for a second special counsel, and for goodness sakes, stop defending the FBI's collection of intelligence on the Trump campaign when they refuse to give us the documents to show whether or not they broke the law".

Trump recently said he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself if it were necessary - which Trump says it won't be, because "I have done nothing wrong".

"I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate", Ryan said. Ryan, R-Wisc., is one of three congressional Republicans who have now contradicted Trump on the spying matter, including House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.

"We received an oral briefing two weeks ago", Ryan said Thursday.

House Intelligence Committee member Tom Rooney of Florida slammed Trump's assertions, while New York Rep.

Dobbs then launched into a tirade against Ryan, asking why Republicans don't say, "Mr".

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Tension between Congress and the Justice Department over the informant matter has been bubbling for weeks.

Ryan has been a frequent target of Democratic criticism for his role in aiding House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes' in his fight with the Justice Department for classified documents, including the latest dispute over documents related to an confidential source who spoke to Trump advisers as part of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation. Ryan and Gowdy attended the first briefing with Nunes and Schiff.

The comments came as Mueller's investigation, which includes possible illegal obstruction of the Russian Federation probe by the president, entered its second year.

"That will not change", Giuliani said of his insistence on seeing the documents. Lame Duck Speaker: "Get the hell out of the office, you're going to send us to perdition and destruction in the midterm elections". We are waiting for some more document requests.

The FBI was looking into Russian interference in the U.S. election and that line of inquiry led them to Trump, he said.

On the pardon issue, Ryan joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in sending a subtle message to Trump.