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

Paul Ryan

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump should not pardon himself, becoming the second Republican leader in Congress to balk at the president's assertion that he had "absolute" power to do so.

"This is Russian Federation and what they did and making sure they don't do it again and about us, Congress, the elected representative branch of government, conducting very legitimate oversight over the appointed executive branch of government, and we expect them to comply with all of our oversight requests because that is how good government works", he added.

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation related to an unauthorized leak of information by a former staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Following a meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials last week, the House Oversight Committee chairman said he's "even more convinced" that using an informant to investigate potential Russian meddling in Trump's campaign was entirely appropriate. We are waiting for some more document requests.

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"But I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made", Ryan underscored. "He obviously knows that's not something he would or should do", the Senate's top Republican said. I think - but we have some more digging to do. "We still have some unanswered questions", Ryan said.

Ryan said it has been "frustrating" that the Justice Department hasn't provided the documents sooner.

Mr. Ryan said that lawmakers.

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Trump insisted in a series of angry tweets last month that the agency planted a spy "to help Crooked Hillary win", referring to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Instead, some are carrying water for a Justice Department that has already resisted congressional oversight, misrepresented material facts to a FISA court, improperly redacted documents and failed to disclose spying on a presidential campaign.

"President Trump is not above the law", Smith said. Rooney asked Politico in an interview as he ripped the president's claims. The official said they would provide new documents and also "the documents that were available for review but not inspected by the members at the previous briefing". On Thursday, Trump also launched a fresh wave of attacks against Mueller's probe - or the "Witch Hunt Hoax", as he called it - attempting to paint it as "biased and conflicted".

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"Normally I don't comment on briefings, let me say it this: I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate".

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