House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the House Intelligence Committee is now “getting the cooperation necessary” to conduct oversight of the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation, and backed the committee’s effort to learn more about how the department justified it.
“I look forward to the prompt completion of the intelligence committee’s oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary for them to complete their work while protecting sources and methods,” Ryan said.
Ryan issued his statement just as the Justice Department was set to brief lawmakers about a confidential informant who was close to members of Trump’s campaign. Trump has said the use of that informant was an illegal intrusion into his organization, and has labeled the matter “spygate.”
Ryan has backed up efforts by Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to find out more about the informant and why he was secretly working to collect information from the Trump campaign on behalf of the Justice Department.
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