Disturbance at House Speaker Paul Ryan reignited after suggested he said saw no evidence to support that there had been a spy embedded against the Trump campaign.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters Wednesday he believes the FBI acted appropriately in using an informant to contact Trump campaign members during the 2016 presidential election.
“I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” Ryan said in support of his colleague Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who recently told Fox News that he sees no wrongdoing in the FBI’s use of an informant.
“I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment Chairman Gowdy has made,” he said, adding that investigators still “have some more digging to do.”
The evidence, of course, is clear – that at least one person (and there may be more), Stefan Halper, was assigned to try to get close to the people on the Trump campaign including Carter Page, Sam Clovis and George Papadopolous.
Democrats and Obama officials have tried to defend this by claiming he was an ) informant not a spy (which wouldn’t change the nature that he was put there to collect information on them) 2) that it was done as par of the FBI investigation (it wasn’t, it started months before the FBI investigation began).
Something is wrong if you don’t see a problem with the Obama administration putting a spy/informant on the opposing campign to the candidate you are supporting.
And Democrats also seem to be completely ignoring and wanting the public to forget about the national security letters that reportedly were used against members of the Trump team to collect information on them. So it’s not just about Halper.
That was on top of all the prior unmasking questions which still have not been adequately explained or justified.
Congress had been completely frustrated with the fact that if the spying were in the right, then why have they refused to turn over the documents for months that would say why it started and what the justification for it was?
Rep. Matt Gaetz was infuriated at Ryan’s remarks and he said he wasn’t the only one. And he suggested that this was the first time they’d seriously considered removing Ryan. He said that there was no defense for Ryan’s remarks and that he should have stoood with the members of Congress like Devin Nunes who are trying to get transparency from the FBI and the DOJ for months.
From The Hill:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) suggested late Wednesday that some conservatives are beginning to question whether Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) should remain in his role after he undercut President Trump’s claim that the FBI implanted a spy in his campaign.
“I have never to this point heard a single person talk about removing Speaker Ryan from the speakership,” Gaetz said on Fox Business’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
“Today, for the first time, I was hearing colleagues saying, ‘You know if Speaker Ryan won’t stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy … do we need to look at other choices?’”
.@mattgaetz: "There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the FBI and Department of Justice against those of us in the Congress who are working for transparency and accountability." #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/evJDARMjeq
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