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Ryan: Nobody Suggesting 'Even in a Vague Way' Trump Under FBI Probe

(CBS News)

By    |   Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 09:15 AM

Nobody has suggested, "not even in a vague way," that President Donald Trump himself is under investigation for having ties with Russia during his 2016 campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

"I have no knowledge to that," Ryan told CBS News' Norah O'Donnell in an interview airing on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. "I do not believe that's the case . . . I won't speak for the FBI, but I've never seen any suggestion or evidence that that's the case."

The comments came while Ryan was discussing House Speaker Devin Nunes' decision to brief Trump about information that revealed recordings from members of the president's transition team had been captured during surveillance activities, and that their names had been unmasked and shared with the intelligence community.

"If we don't know if President Trump is under investigation, why would it then be appropriate for the committee to then go brief the president?" O'Donnell asked Ryan.

"Let me say this," he replied. "I don't' believe that he is. So I don't think he's under any investigation. No one has suggested that he is, not even in a vague way."

Ryan said he was one of the first people Nunes briefed about the information he'd learned.

"He had told me [that] a whistleblower-type person had given him some information that was new," said Ryan. "He briefed me about it. [I] didn't know the content of it, only knew the nature of it and that he was going to brief others."

Ryan said he did not ask to see documents from Nunes, because the committee leader had no documents. He also said that he did not encourage Nunes to brief Trump about the information, but instead to add it to the House committee's investigation.

"He was going to brief everybody," Ryan said. "He just said he came into possession of new information that he thought was valuable to this investigation and he was going to go inform people about it."

Ryan, though, said he has not seen the actual documents, and does not know Nunes has been in possession of them.

Monday, Nunes confirmed he visited the White House grounds last week to meet with a source, who he has not named, to view information that surveillance "incidentally collected" information concerning Trump's associates.

The meeting occurred one day before Nunes revealed the information to Trump, and also the day before he announced the matter publicly during a press conference.

Ryan said in Thursday's interview, which was recorded on Wednesday, that it's important that whistleblowers are allowed and encouraged to speak with Congress.

However, O'Donnell wanted to know why, if a whistleblower is involved, that person hasn't yet shared the information with Democrats on the Intelligence Committee or with Republicans.

"I don't know the answer to that question," said Ryan. "You'd have to ask that person. I don't know who it is."

Ryan, as a member of the "Gang of Eight" is cleared for the highest classified intelligence, said O'Donnell, but the speaker said it's preferred that the information be "provided to Congress, and we're waiting for it to be provided to Congress."

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Nobody has suggested, "not even in a vague way," that President Donald Trump himself is under investigation for having ties with Russia during his 2016 campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan said.
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