House Speaker Paul Ryan defends Federal Bureau of Investigation work in 2016 election probe

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He added that the briefing also suggested that the informant had "nothing to do with Donald Trump".

"In all of this, in any of this, there has been no evidence that there is any collusion between the Trump campaign and".

The move comes as Republican congressional leaders are publicly disputing Trump's claims that the government planted a spy in his 2016 campaign "to help Crooked Hillary win" - a reference to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Rooney said he agreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan's support of House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy's assessment that the FBI acted properly in the investigation.

"This is about Russian Federation and what they did and making sure they don't do it again", Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters, in comments excoriating federal law enforcement agencies for not being more forthcoming with documents that lawmakers had requested until Ryan personally intervened.

There have already been rumblings about ousting Ryan as speaker before the end of his term, and on Wednesday conservatives incensed by Ryan's Spygate rejection pushed the discussion into the open. He added there's "more digging to do" before a final judgment is made.

"I don't know the technical answer to that question, but I think obviously the answer is he shouldn't and no one is above the law", Ryan told reporters on Wednesday.

President Trump has said the FBI's alleged surveillance campaign was "bigger than Watergate", and the Department of Justice has formally requested a review of the surveillance application process used by the FBI to determine "whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation".

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The official said they are prepared to "brief members on certain questions specifically raised by Ryan and other members". "Normally I don't like to comment on classified briefings".

Though senators are invited to the briefing, there has been less interest in that chamber in prolonging the public fight over information concerning the informant.

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

"Based on what I have seen, I don't know what the Federal Bureau of Investigation could have done or should have done other than run out a lead that someone loosely connected with the campaign was making assertions about Russia", Gowdy said last week on CBS' "This Morning". "And that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".

Speaker Ryan doubled-down on Gowdy's statement Wednesday, saying "I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate..."

On Thursday, after the Justice Department offered the new briefing, Burr said "I have a hard time figuring out what else they could produce". During a press briefing last week, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to Gowdy's comments by saying "clearly, there's still cause for concern that needs to be looked at".

Speaking on Carlson's primetime show Wednesday night, Swalwell denied that the FBI's alleged informant - veteran spy and academic Stefan Halper - actually spied on the Trump campaign, arguing that "spying is what you do against an enemy".

After much squabbling, the panel's top Democrat, Rep.

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