House Republican suggests talk of removing Ryan after dismissing spying claim

Speaker Ryan Dismisses Trump’s Charges of a Spy in his Campaign

After receiving a classified briefing late last month at the Department of Justice, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that he agrees with his fellow Republican, Rep. Trey Gowdy, in his assessment that it was fully proper for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to deploy an informant to communicate with Trump campaign advisors - although Ryan cautioned he wants to ensure every lead is investigated.

Ryan, Gowdy and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes attended a classified briefing with officials from the FBI and Justice Department last month to review material related to the investigation.

"I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate", Ryan told reporters. "We still have some unanswered questions", Ryan said. "I'll leave it at that".

Even after Gowdy said there's nothing to Trump's allegations, the White House has sought to keep the waters muddy.

Trump, without offering any evidence, has repeatedly alleged on Twitter that the Justice Department planted a spy inside his presidential campaign. Branding the effort "spygate" on Twitter, Trump said it was "starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in US history".

"At least we know that the third most powerful constitutional law officer of the United States of America does not believe that", he added.

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And former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was appointed USA ambassador to China in part because of his agricultural ties. In the fiscal year that ended September 30, the US government collected $34.6 billion in customs duties and fees.

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".

"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.

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

Trump's tweets came just hours after the Justice Department announced that it would respond to Republican demands for more information by sending top officials back to Capitol Hill to brief top lawmakers on additional details and documents pertaining to the FBI's investigation of Trump campaign advisers with suspected links to Russian Federation. "But I want to make sure that we run every lead down and make sure we get final answers to these questions".

"But I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made", Ryan underscored.

But if you think Gowdy and Ryan's comments would be enough to prompt Trump's House Republican supporters to move on, think again.

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