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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday sided with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) over House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) when asked about Donald Trump's unfounded "spygate" claims.

"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.

Matt Gaetz fired a shot across Speaker Paul D. Ryan's bow Wednesday, claiming Ryan was siding with the "deep state", the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department over congressional Republicans trying to conduct oversight on those agencies.

"We want to see the documents - this matters far more to my client than to any member of Congress", he added.

President Trump had seized on the disclosure of the use of an informant to claim, without evidence, that federal law enforcement officials had improperly placed a spy in his campaign. Gowdy, from SC, and the House Oversight Committee chairman, said last month's briefing persuaded him the FBI's actions were appropriate. We still have some unanswered questions ...

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Gaetz hinted during the interview that some of the more conservative members of the GOP conference whispered Wednesday of revolt against Ryan over his comments.

"I want to run every lead down and make sure we get the final answers to the questions". Gowdy, once celebrated as the head of the House's Benghazi investigation, has been viciously attacked by fellow Republicans for pouring cold water on Spygate. The full Gang of Eight - which includes the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the top Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence committees - received the same briefing later the same afternoon.

"What is the point of saying that there was a spy in the campaign when there was none?" "We need the speaker to be an institutionalist for the Congress, not to be a defender of the deep state", he said, using a term, popular in far-right circles, that refers to a conspiratorial cabal of longtime government officials and financial titans who seek to influence policy and politics at agencies such as the State and Justice departments.

Trump's tweets came just hours after the Justice Department announced that it would respond to Republican demands for more information by sending top officials back to Capitol Hill to brief top lawmakers on additional details and documents pertaining to the FBI's investigation of Trump campaign advisers with suspected links to Russian Federation.

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