Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has weighed in on the President’s declaration that he would pardon himself, and it’s not what Trump supporters wanted to hear.
According to Ryan, the President doesn’t have the constitutional authority put himself “above the law,” as the speaker put it.
“I don’t know the technical answer to that question,” he said when asked at a Capitol Hill press conference about whether Trump and his lawyers’ claims about executive power were correct.
“But the obvious answer is he shouldn’t [pardon himself] and no one is above the law. I’ll leave it at that. Thanks,” Ryan said, putting an abrupt end to his weekly press briefing.
Ryan has also joined fellow GOP bedrock, Representative Trey Gowdy, in his opinion that there really is no evidence to support the “SPYGATE” claims that the President has tweeted about.
Despite their opinions, the President seems convinced that the Justice Department was receiving information from an undercover spy within his presidential campaign.
“SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!” the president wrote last month, in one of his famous tweets.
Gowdy went so far as to review all the evidence from the Justice Department and the FBI’s special counsel on the Russia investigation. He then told news outlets that he doesn’t put any stock in that claim.
“I think chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” Ryan said, but he qualified it by saying, “I think we have some more digging to do. We are waiting for some more document requests. We have some more documents to review. We still have some unanswered questions.”
“It would have been helpful if we’d gotten this information earlier. As Chairman Nunes said the other day, if we had the information we could wrap this up faster,” he said about the California Republican.
“I want to run every lead down and make sure we get the final answers to the questions. I’ll leave it at that. I won’t keep commenting.”
H/T: New York Post