Top Republican Paul Ryan says Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Top Republican Paul Ryan says Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters on Wednesday that he thinks Gowdy's "initial assessment is accurate", and he has seen "no evidence to the contrary" of what Gowdy said.

Ryan said it has been "frustrating" that the Justice Department hasn't provided the documents sooner. "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. had they complied with these document requests earlier when we made them we probably could have spared the country all of this drama".

"Today, for the first time, I was hearing colleagues saying, 'you know if Speaker Ryan won't stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy... do we need to look at other choices?'"

Trump claimed Monday that he has "the absolute right to pardon myself", as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's year-long probe continues into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

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There have already been rumblings about ousting Ryan as speaker before the end of his term, and on Wednesday conservatives incensed by Ryan's Spygate rejection pushed the discussion into the open. "We still have some unanswered questions", Ryan said. The Gang of Eight - a group of lawmakers that includes the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence committees - was given the same briefing later that afternoon. During an interview with Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) openly mused about removing Ryan from his role as House Speaker ahead of November's elections.

The Department of Justice has agreed to brief lawmakers with additional information regarding the FBI's use of a confidential informant to investigate if Trump campaign advisers had ties to Russian Federation.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, told CNN, "If I were president of the United States and I had a lawyer that said I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer".

Federal Bureau of Investigation critics among House conservatives are furious at Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for finding no fault with the agency's investigative tactics into the Trump campaign, The Hill reported Thursday. "Normally I don't like to comment on classified briefings". Moderates are attempting to force a vote on several immigration bills, including one that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation in exchange for border security funding.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., also said he has seen no evidence of that.

The quote, the host continued, came "not from critics, but from the top Republican in the U.S. House of representatives - the speaker Paul Ryan".

"I don't know how you can reach that conclusion based on the history of the FBI", Jordan told The Hill.

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