But in a break with Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan said for the first time Wednesday that he agreed with Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did "exactly" what it should have done over its handling of a confidential source. Frustration that the foot dragging by the Department of Justice should not be tolerated.
Ryan became the highest-ranking Republican to throw cold water on that interpretation, which Democrats and former high-level law enforcement officials have claimed is part of an unrelenting effort to discredit the ongoing investigation into Trump and his campaign.
The committee would not comment on the investigation Thursday.
"Well, I know - that's why I started out by saying when you got Republicans that think it's okay to spy on their presidential campaign that they didn't support really whole hog, then that is a major problem", Gohmert replied.
The comments contradict Trump, who has insisted the agency planted a "spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win". "It would have been helpful if we got this information earlier".
Republicans reacted harshly to Trump's statements about his power to pardon himself, warning that such a move would be unwise and an abuse of power.
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Berman noted that no Eagles players kneeled during the anthem a year ago , but Conway asked to "unpack that separately". Trump then withdrew the invitation. "I think [Pederson] is a good guy".
Gohmert didn't provide any evidence, and wasn't in the briefing with Gowdy and Ryan, but argued that unfounded allegations of spies infiltrating the Trump campaign is the latest indication a second special counsel is needed.
Appearing on the Lou Dobbs show Wednesday, Gaetz offered a scathing critique of what he saw as Ryan's betrayal of the president.
The Justice Department is "pleased" to follow up with the House, Senate and committee leaders, the official said, to answer questions that lawmakers have posed since the last briefing.
"Instead of our speaker standing with us and putting the focus on the FBI's refusal to turn over documents so that we can perform our oversight duties. he was defending the FBI", Gaetz, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Wednesday on Fox Business. "If we got all the information we were looking for, we could wrap this up faster".
The briefing will be for the Gang of Eight - the senior Democrat and Republican in the Senate and House, as well as the senior members of each party on their respective intelligence committees.
Ryan also shot a careful retort at Trump's assertion this week that, as president, he is entitled to pardon himself should Mueller's probe unearth evidence of crimes. Moderates are attempting to force a vote on several immigration bills, including one that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation in exchange for border security funding.
He said the department had brought documents to the previous briefing, but "I didn't need to look at them because I knew what they were".