Ryan Says There's 'No Evidence' The FBI Informant Spied On Trump's Campaign

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Trump's tweets came just hours after the Justice Department announced that it would respond to Republican demands for more information by sending top officials back to Capitol Hill to brief top lawmakers on additional details and documents pertaining to the FBI's investigation of Trump campaign advisers with suspected links to Russian Federation.

Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the 2020 Census, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 8, .

"They are a group of 13 highly partisan Democrats that make up the Mueller team, excluding him, (who) are trying very, very hard to frame him, to get him in trouble, when he hasn't done anything wrong", Giuliani said at a question-and-answer session at the Globes capital markets conference in Tel Aviv.

The Justice Department said late Wednesday it would extend an offer to top congressional lawmakers to brief them further and to provide another opportunity for the lawmakers to review "certain supporting documents" made available during the May 24 briefing.

Trump-aligned Republicans are demanding documents.

Trump branded the controversy "Spygate" after one of his top allies in Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., demanded a briefing last month from top Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials about a confidential source, Stefan Halper, who made contact with members of Trump's campaign.

In his latest salvo on the Russian Federation probe, Trump's lawyer - former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani - said Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller's team is trying to frame Trump, the Associated Press reported.


Trump insisted in a series of angry tweets last month that the agency planted a spy "to help Crooked Hillary win", referring to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

"I will be the first to say, God bless Paul Ryan for speaking out and sending a message, as speaker, to other Republicans who don't believe it right now, that no man is above the law", the "Morning Joe" co-host said.

Ryan told reporters he's seen "seen no evidence to the contrary" of Gowdy's assessment that no such spy was planted.

The department originally denied Congress access to any of the documents, citing national security concerns.

Ryan also rejected Trump's claim that FBI investigators illegally placed an informant inside his campaign.

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. They have argued the use of the informant is an example of bias within the bureau. "We are not going to budge". "If I am watching you without your knowledge, gathering information without your knowledge, don't tell you about it, I'm spying on you", Carlson said.

Ryan's comments Thursday echo the conclusion of a House Intelligence Committee report released earlier this year.

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