Ryan told reporters on Wednesday that he thinks Gowdy's "initial assessment is accurate", and he has seen "no evidence to the contrary" of what Gowdy said. Likewise, White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation has thus far failed to find any evidence of collusion, a year after it began.
In delivering his rebuke of Trump's and Nunes' claims, Ryan was careful on Wednesday not to disparage all of Nunes' complaints with the Justice Department, which include several unfulfilled demands for documents unrelated to the spying accusations - but which Democrats still feel are meant to undermine the federal law enforcement agencies and, by extension, the foundations of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the election outcome.
Zeldin, who is in his second term, noted that Speaker Ryan said that Congress needed to see all the documents on the Russian Federation inquiry to get a complete idea of what occurred within the Trump campaign. 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.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday that he agreed with House Oversight and Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that there is no evidence of a planted spy.
"Frankly the sooner the Department of Justice complies with all of our document requests, which are legitimate document requests, the better this is going to be for everybody, and had they complied with the document requests earlier when we made them, we probably could have spared the country of all of this drama", he said.
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His comments prompted a wave of push back from Trump allies, including the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who called him "uninformed".
Trump, without offering any evidence, has repeatedly alleged on Twitter that the Justice Department planted a spy inside his presidential campaign.
The FBI was looking into Russian interference in the USA election and that line of inquiry led them to Trump, he said.
But Ryan on Wednesday broke with the President and his conservative allies who have claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigation was spying on his campaign, when he said he agreed with South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy's assessment that the FBI's use of the confidential source was proper.
On Thursday, after the Justice Department offered the new briefing, Burr said "I have a hard time figuring out what else they could produce".
McConnell said Tuesday the question of whether Trump has legal authority to pardon himself is "an academic discussion", but Trump "obviously knows that would not be something that he would or should do". "You know what I'm saying?"