FBI critics among House conservatives are furious at Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for finding no fault with the agency's investigative tactics into the Trump campaign, The Hill reported Thursday.
The lameduck House Speaker said Wednesday he agreed with another retiring lawmaker, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who last week declared the FBI's use of a confidential informant to track down Russian contacts with the campaign was “exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do."
And that, according to The Hill, was enough ignite the wrath of allies of President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who blasted Ryan's support of the FBI as "shameful," and House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
"I don't know how you can reach that conclusion based on the history of the FBI," Jordan told The Hill.
"It is very frustrating when leadership indicates that they are supportive of a statement that the FBI didn't do anything wrong."
In remarks to reporters Thursday, Ryan countered that congressional Republicans were making more progress in obtaining answers from the Department of Justice because of his personal involvement.
"Honestly, it's our job to conduct oversight over every department in the executive branch but especially departments like the Department of Justice that affect our civil liberties," Ryan said, The Hill reported.
"So, that is why you've seen frustration. Frustration that the foot dragging by the Department of Justice should not be tolerated. And so it's funny, because I've gotten involved as Speaker of the House is why we've gotten as far as we've gotten.”
He was not asked about the conservative backlash, The Hill reported.
According to The Hill, some GOP lawmakers believe Gowdy's remarks have been overblown to suggest a complete exoneration of the FBI's conduct during the 2016 campaign.
"I think Trey was talking about something very specific that has been interpreted as something much more broad," one unnamed lawmaker told The Hill. "I think he was talking about a particular point of time with a particular piece of information that the FBI had and under the umbrella of a criminal investigation."
Jordan does not agree, saying Tuesday that Gowdy and others are mistaken to "take the FBI's word for it in a briefing that they are doing everything right."
"I just don't buy it," he said, The Hill reported.
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