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Ryan Agrees There Is "No Evidence" Of Trump's "Spygate" Claims

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In comments likely to anger President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday he agrees with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy's, R-S.C., assessment that the FBI acted appropriately in its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate," Ryan said in remarks to reporters, although he noted, "We have some more digging to do."

The comments from Ryan come after Gowdy said in an interview on Fox News that the FBI acted appropriately when it used a confidential informant to contact Trump campaign aides.

"I think when the president finds out what happened, he is going to be not just fine, he is going to be glad that we have an FBI that took seriously what they heard," Gowdy said.

He added, "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."

Gowdy's comments were disputed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who said in a separate Fox News interview that Trump's campaign was the target of the investigation.

However, Ryan told reporters, "I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made."

Trump has repeatedly claimed in posts of Twitter that there was a spy placed in his campaign, dubbing the incident "Spygate" and arguing it would be the biggest political scandal in history.

Ryan, Gowdy, and Nunes were among lawmakers that were briefed about the informant following a report from the New York Times.

In his comments, Ryan also said Trump "obviously" shouldn't pardon himself of any wrongdoing even though the president has claimed he has the "absolute right" to do so.

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