"Let me say it this way: I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate, but we have some more digging to do", Ryan said. "As long as we have a special counsel who will not even confess as to his limits, then this is going to continue to be a problem".
Ryan was asked on Wednesday by reporters at the US Capitol whether Trump can legally pardon himself, most pertinently if he ends up falling foul of the Russian Federation investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller that evolved out of that early scrutiny.
Appearing on the Lou Dobbs show Wednesday, Gaetz offered a scathing critique of what he saw as Ryan's betrayal of the president.
The US Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, also discouraged talk of a self-pardon by Trump on Tuesday.
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We have it; we can't change it. "I just feel that, I think most importantly, the horse is doing well". The 5-for-5 Justify will try to become thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown victor .
The comments come after Trump insisted in a series of angry tweets last month that the agency planted a spy "to help Crooked Hillary win", referring to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
"I will be the first to say, God bless Paul Ryan for speaking out and sending a message, as speaker, to other Republicans who don't believe it right now, that no man is above the law", the "Morning Joe" co-host said. "He obviously knows that's not something he would or should do", the Senate's top Republican said.
Ryan said he concurs with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy's assessment that the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted properly and within the law when it used an informant to meet with Trump campaign operatives in 2016.
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The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency also said vigorous lava eruptions are continuing in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. It advised residents in communities downwind, including Pahala, Ocean View and Kona, to limit their exposure to gas and ash.
"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".
Trump has denied he colluded with the Russians, obstructed justice or committed any wrongdoing, and repeatedly calls Mueller's investigation a "witch-hunt".
On Wednesday, Ryan was asked about the president's recent claim that he can pardon himself and said that "no one is above the law".
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.
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And tariffs are simply one more tool in the president's toolbox when it comes to repairing it. "We are allies. British forces did set fire to the presidential residence during the War of 1812 with the US.
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