Lame duck House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday disputed President Donald Trump's claims that he had the constitutional authority to pardon himself.
Trump has claimed that a spy was planted in his campaign to help his Democratic opponent.
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Ryan told reporters he's seen "seen no evidence to the contrary" of Gowdy's assessment that no such spy was planted. Asked whether Ryan believes the president has the power to pardon himself, Ryan conceded he didn't "know the technical answer to that question".
It also puts Gowdy at odds with House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who has been a sharp and vocal critic of the Justice Department and its handling of the Russian Federation investigation. "I'll leave it at that".
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". 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 US history". "As long as we have Republicans in the leadership positions who think it's okay to have Orwellian spies spy on presidential campaigns of one party, then we have bigger problems than just the briefing". We're waiting for some more document requests. I think - but we have some more digging to do. "We still have some unanswered questions", he said.
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"I run in the more conservative circles in the house, and I have never up until this point heard a single person talk about removing speaker Ryan from the speakership", Gaetz said.
Trump's assertions that the bureau was engaged in a "witch hunt" that is "worse than Watergate" began last month, after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., demanded a briefing from top FBI and Justice Department officials on a confidential FBI source who made contact with members of Trump's campaign.
Ryan made the comments a day after contradicting Trump over whether there was an Federal Bureau of Investigation spy in his presidential campaign.
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On the debate over whether the president can pardon himself, the speaker also echoed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's view that he was not sure of the legal answer but that "obviously, the answer is he shouldn't and no one is above the law".