DOJ offers new briefing as lawmakers dispute Trump spy claim

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Speaking on Carlson's primetime show Wednesday night, Swalwell denied that the FBI's alleged informant - veteran spy and academic Stefan Halper - actually spied on the Trump campaign, arguing that "spying is what you do against an enemy".

"Let's just make that really clear: There's no evidence of collusion".

"This is Russian Federation and what they did and making sure they don't do it again and about us, Congress, the elected representative branch of government, conducting very legitimate oversight over the appointed executive branch of government, and we expect them to comply with all of our oversight requests because that is how good government works", he added.

Ryan also backed up another senior Republican's assertion that there is no evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a "spy" in Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign when it sent a secret informant to investigate signs of potentially improper links with high level Russian operatives. Gowdy, from SC, and the House Oversight Committee chairman, said last month's briefing persuaded him the FBI's actions were appropriate. "The sooner the Department of Justice complies with all of our document requests, which are legitimate document requests, the better this is going to be for everybody".

The department's late Wednesday offer comes as three Republicans who attended classified briefings on the subject last month have contradicted President Donald Trump's claims that there was a "spy" in his campaign.

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), a top member of the House Intelligence Committee, has come out strongly against President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated "Spygate" claims.

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"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. Ryan said he wasn't sure about the "technical" legal question, but the speaker was unusually unequivocal in rejecting Trump's suggestion.

"What is the point of saying that there was a spy in the campaign when there was none?"

"It would have been helpful if we'd gotten this information earlier", Ryan added.

"We received an oral briefing two weeks ago", Ryan said Thursday.

"Look, if you want to disagree with what we were briefed on and say that it was a spy?"

Ryan told reporters he's seen "seen no evidence to the contrary" of Gowdy's assessment that no such spy was planted.

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