Top Republican Paul Ryan says Trump shouldn't pardon himself

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that there is "no evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and the Russians in the 2016 election.

In his latest salvo on the Russian Federation probe, Trump's lawyer - former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani - said Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller's team is trying to frame Trump, the Associated Press reported.

Trump and his conservative allies have pushed the theory, without evidence, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation embedded a "spy" in his campaign for political purposes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed those remarks Tuesday, telling reporters Trump should not consider pardoning himself if it came to that.

Gowdy, from SC, and the House Oversight Committee chairman, said last month's briefing persuaded him the FBI's actions were appropriate.

Meanwhile, the Trump camp has gone after Gowdy for his comments and Rooney suspects that they will go after him as well.

"Undercover informant, confidential informant, those are all words I'm familiar with, I've never heard the term spy used", he said, when asked about the president's repeated use of the word "spy".

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The president has insisted the agency planted a spy "to help Crooked Hillary win".

Ryan was careful Wednesday not to disparage all of Nunes's complaints with the Justice Department, a list of grievances that includes several unfulfilled demands for documents unrelated to the spying accusations.

Ryan's comments angered conservatives like Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a vocal critic of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation who suggested Ryan's comments prompted fresh talk of removing Ryan as speaker.

Ryan said earlier that he agreed with GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy's assessment that there was no evidence to support the commander-in-chief's "SPYGATE" claims. The Justice Department will give those lawmakers a follow-up briefing next week, partly to answer questions raised by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Still, Ryan said Congress has "more digging to do".

"But I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made", Ryan underscored. Then, officials said they could not provide the requested information because the potential leak of such information could endanger lives and intelligence work. On Tuesday, Democratic members of the Gang of Eight sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department seeking assurances that "outside of an appropriate judicial proceeding", neither the president nor members of his staff or legal team would be briefed on classified information about the FBI's source.

He added: "We want to see the documents - this matters far more to my client than to any member of Congress". "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?"

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