Paul Ryan Siding with the 'Deep State,' GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz Says

Frederick Owens
June 8, 2018

"Let me say it this way: I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate, but we have some more digging to do", Ryan said.

Gowdy, after reviewing Justice Department documents on the FBI's and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, shot down Trump's claim.

Ryan also said he doesn't think Trump "should" pardon himself. Trey Gowdy of SC and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as well as Sen.

The department's late Wednesday offer comes as three Republicans who attended classified briefings on the subject last month have contradicted President Donald Trump's claims that there was a "spy" in his campaign.

Ryan said: "I don't know the technical answer to that question but obviously he shouldn't". The full Gang of Eight - which includes the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence committees - received the same briefing later the same afternoon.

"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 Speaker also left himself room to eventually backtrack, if he ever discovers evidence that confirms the deep state embedded a spy in the Trump campaign (then craftily declined to use any of the information they collected to keep Trump out of office).

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The Justice Department official said the new briefing would happen Monday or Tuesday, depending on members' schedules, and that DOJ is prepared to "brief members on certain questions specifically raised by Ryan and other members".

The committee would not comment on the investigation Thursday.

"I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got", Gowdy said on Fox News last week.

He said the department had brought documents to the previous briefing, but "I didn't need to look at them because I knew what they were".

Last week, Gowdy, a former prosecutor, publicly defended the Justice Department's actions.

"Today for the first time I was hearing colleagues say, 'Well, 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".

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