The Justice Department will offer another briefing to a select group of senior Congress members who have pressed for details about the FBI’s use of an informant to make contact with associates of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he has seen “no evidence” to back Trump’s claim that there was improper spying.
The Justice Department will offer another briefing to a select group of senior Congress members who have pressed for details about the FBI’s use of an informant to make contact with associates of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, reports Politico. A DOJ official said members of the Gang of Eight — a group that includes Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — will have an opportunity to review documents that they didn’t see during a high-level classified briefing last month. The briefing is expected to occur next Monday or Tuesday.
The new briefing comes as some GOP lawmakers say the Justice Department still has answers to provide about the FBI’s decision to deploy an informant to glean information from Trump campaign officials. Trump has railed against the FBI and accused it of planting a spy within his ranks for political purpose, though he’s presented no evidence to support the claim, which he’s labeled “spygate.” Ryan said Wednesday he’s seen “no evidence” to back up Trump’s claim and endorsed the “initial assessment” of another Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who said the FBI appropriately used an informant to follow leads about suspect contact between Trump campaign associates and Russia. Ryan also said the Justice Department still owed lawmakers information before they reached “final answers” on the episode, and he faulted DOJ for what he described as the slow-walking of congressional document requests. “There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the FBI and Department of Justice against those of us in the Congress fighting for transparency and accountability,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), told Fox News.