Speaker of the House Paul Ryan publicly broke with President Trump Wednesday, backing Rep. Trey Gowdy’s earlier comments that the FBI acted properly by using an informant to interact with the Trump campaign.
Earlier this week, Gowdy stunned viewers when he told Fox News, “I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”
Speaker Ryan doubled-down on Gowdy’s statement Wednesday, saying “I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate… We have some more digging to do.”
“We have some more documents to review. We still have some unanswered questions… If we got all the information we were looking for, we could wrap this up faster,” Ryan added.
Congressional investigators are awaiting a trove of documents from the FBI and the Department of Justice surrounding the possible “inside man” interacting with the Trump campaign during the 2016 race for the White House.
MEDIA SPIN: NYT Says FBI Informant ‘Investigated,’ Not ‘SPIED’ on Trump Camp
The mainstream media’s all-out assault on the Trump campaign continued this week, with the New York Times claiming the FBI used an informant to “investigate,” not “spy” on the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 election.
The New York Times published the article, titled “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims,” over the weekend, saying the bureau was simply attempting to gain information on the campaign’s ties to Russia.
“The role of the informant is at the heart of the newest battle between top law enforcement officials and Mr. Trump’s congressional allies over the F.B.I.’s most politically charged investigations in decades. The lawmakers, who say they are concerned that federal investigators are abusing their authority, have demanded documents from the Justice Department about the informant,” writes the Times.
President Trump slammed the revelation that the FBI may have had an “inside man” in his campaign last week, saying -if true- the political scandal would be “bigger than Watergate.”
Read the full story at the New York Times.
WHERE WAS OBAMA? Trump Slams Barack Over Possible FBI INFORMANT
President Trump unloaded on his predecessor Monday; questioning Barack Obama’s possible involvement in new allegations the FBI had an “inside man” interacting with the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 election.
Trump was responding to recent reports that Obama’s DOJ had a potential “informant” dealing with his campaign in the months leading up to his race for the White House; saying -if true- the scandal would be bigger than Watergate.
“The Wall Street Journal asks, ‘WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS BARACK OBAMA?’ A very good question!” tweeted the President, citing a recent column that called on Obama to explain “his administration’s surveillance of affiliates of a presidential campaign.”
The Wall Street Journal asks, “WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS BARACK OBAMA?” A very good question!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2018
The President announced over the weekend his plans to have his Department of Justice investigate the claims; saying they need to “look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated” the Trump campaign.