"I don't know the technical answer to that question, but I think obviously the answer is he shouldn't and no one is above the law", Ryan said.
"Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign, or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols", Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said.
Lame duck House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday disputed President Donald Trump's claims that he had the constitutional authority to pardon himself.
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And then he was sent packing before he really had an opportunity to get himself back into the swing of things after a long layoff.
That statement was issued by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and the top Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence panels, Sen.
The official said they are prepared to "brief members on certain questions specifically raised by Ryan and other members". "We have some more digging to do". The official declined to be named because the briefings are classified. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., also said he has seen no evidence of that.
Ryan also shot a careful retort back at Trump's assertion this week that, as president, he is entitled to pardon himself should Mueller's probe unearth evidence of crimes - while at the same time, asserting that he had done nothing wrong.
"He shouldn't and no one is above the law", the GOP leader said when asked about the president's tweets on Monday suggesting he had the right to erase any convictions in the special counsel's probe of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
"But I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made", Ryan continued, adding: "But I want to make sure that we run every lead down and make sure we get final answers to these questions".