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Both Ryan and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy attended a classified briefing last month following reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an informant in its Russian meddling probe.

House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed Wednesday that the FBI did nothing wrong by using a confidential informant to contact members of the Trump campaign as it investigated its ties to Russian Federation, contradicting President Trump's assertions of a broad conspiracy by federal law enforcement. The only Republican briefed on the intelligence who has yet to break from Trump is Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence chairman who has demanded more documents as part of his investigation.

Trump has claimed that a spy was planted in his campaign to help his Democratic opponent. He added that the briefing also suggested that the informant had "nothing to do with Donald Trump".

"You know I run in the more conservative circles of the House and I have never up until this point heard a single person talk about removing Speaker Ryan from the speakership", Gaetz told Fox Business Network in an interview Wednesday.

"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.

Before the House took last week off, members of the Intelligence Committee received a classified briefing on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats emerged from the highly secretive briefing saying that they had seen "no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a "spy" in the Trump campaign, or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols".

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Democrats made similar comments immediately after the briefing.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during a town hall at the Kroger Co. ice cream and beverage plant, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Springdale, Ohio.

"I don't know the technical answer to that question", he said when asked at a Capitol Hill press conference about Trump's and his lawyer's assertions about absolute executive power. I've got more experience than the two of them by ten.

But he distanced himself from the comments late Wednesday night. Lame Duck Speaker: "Get the hell out of the office, you're going to send us to perdition and destruction in the midterm elections".

Ryan, who is not seeking re-election, had a strained relationship with Trump during the campaign but has avoided taking a confrontational approach with him since he took office.

"I think that Trey Gowdy's description of the process was correct", Burr said, according to CNN, though he left open the possibility that Trump may not be referring to Halper when he alleges his campaign was infiltrated.


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