Ryan also warned President Trump not to pardon himself, as a debate rages on over the president's constitutional powers. "Today, for the first time, I was hearing colleagues say, 'Well, you know, if Speaker Ryan won't stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy, not weaponizing an intelligence community against a presidential campaign, do we need to look at other choices?'"
The top Republican in the House of Representatives backed on Wednesday a fellow lawmaker who dismissed President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of nefarious Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of his 2016 presidential campaign.
Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was one of a select few lawmakers allowed into a briefing on highly classified Justice Department information pertaining to the FBI's use of a confidential informant to gain information from Trump campaign associates.
The Department of Justice held two briefings on Trump's orders after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had asked for documents concerning the informant. Mr. Trump repeatedly tweeted about the issue, asserting there was a spy and that it was "starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in USA history".
Ryan told reporters he's seen "seen no evidence to the contrary" of Gowdy's assessment that no such spy was planted.
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Despite the statements, some House lawmakers may continue to pursue the issue.
He added: "We want to see the documents - this matters far more to my client than to any member of Congress".
But he distanced himself from the comments late Wednesday night.
Ryan made his comments Thursday after being asked whether he supports requests from some House Republicans for DOJ to turn over more documents to Congress about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation and its 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State. On Wednesday, Burr appeared ready to move on, saying the briefing he attended "sufficiently covered everything to do with this right now".
Department of Justice and FBI officials are planning another secret briefing for congressional leaders about investigators' use of confidential sources in the early stages of the Russian Federation investigation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the briefing that he learned "nothing particularly surprising".
"Obviously the answer is he shouldn't", Ryan said, regarding the president potentially pardoning himself.
Scarborough, however, said he would take what he can get from the Republican party standing up to the president.