In what the New York Times described as the GOP beginning to show "signs of resistance", on Wednesday, Paul Ryan joined the handful of Republican lawmakers standing up to President Trump's war on the rule of law - sort of.
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.
Trump has claimed that a spy was planted in his campaign to help his Democratic opponent.
The Justice Department says it will offer a third classified briefing for lawmakers next week on the FBI's handling of its Russian Federation probe. He went on to concede that although he does not know the "technical" answer to the question of whether a president can self-pardon, Trump "obviously" shouldn't do so.
Both Gowdy and Ryan said publicly that during a recent classified briefing, they received no information substantiating Trump's claims, which the president has repeatedly invoked on social media and during his speeches in an effort to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his campaign.
"Frankly the sooner the Department of Justice complies with all of our document requests, which are legitimate document requests, the better this is going to be for everybody, and had they complied with the document requests earlier when we made them, we probably could have spared the country of all of this drama", he said.
"Paul Ryan stating that no man is above the law and that Donald Trump shouldn't pardon himself is something that we should seize upon", Scarborough added, "because right now the president of the United States believes that he is above the law".
On Wednesday, Ryan said he agreed with House Oversight and Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that there is no evidence of a planted spy.
A January memo from Trump's legal team to Mueller asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice. On Wednesday, Burr appeared ready to move on, saying the briefing he attended "sufficiently covered everything to do with this right now". "No one is above the law". "You know what I'm saying?"
"I don't think the president needs any advice on pardoning himself".