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House Speaker Ryan Urges Republicans to Resist Linking Memo to Mueller Probe

Rep.Paul Ryan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to resist using a politically divisive memo alleging “shocking” misconduct in the FBI and Justice Department to undermine confidence in the special counsel investigation of President Trump and Russia.

Speaking during a closed-door meeting with Republicans, Ryan implored them not to exaggerate the contents of the four-page memo and to abstain from linking it to the ongoing probe spearheaded by Robert Mueller, a source in the room told The Hill

“First, there are legitimate questions about whether an American’s civil liberties were violated by the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] process,” he told reporters after the meeting. “This is a completely separate matter from Bob Mueller’s investigation and his investigation should be allowed to take its course.”

Ryan’s words of caution come one day after Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release a classified, GOP-drafted memo that alleges the Justice Department and FBI abused their authority by extending surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser and suspected Russian agent Carter Page. 

Some Republicans have already said the memo, which the Justice Department warned would be “extraordinarily reckless” to release, demonstrates an anti-Trump bias in the FBI.

Democrats dismissed the memo as propaganda in the escalating campaign by the president and his allies to undermine the two agencies tasked with overseeing the ongoing investigation of the president, his campaign and Russia. The probe has produced indictments of four former Trump aides so far, and Mueller plans to soon interview the president to determine whether he obstructed justice by trying to tamper with the investigation.

The memo has been delivered to the White House, and Trump has four days to determine whether to approve the document’s release. He initially indicated he supports the memo’s release.

Thousands of Russian-linked social media accounts have cropped up in the past month to spread support for releasing the document. Many of them have joined a viral hashtag campaign on Twitter – #ReleaseTheMemo – to press for the public disclosure of the memo.

Republicans Lash Out at FBI Over Recommendation Not to Charge Hillary Clinton

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republicans are lashing out at the FBI for not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server when she was secretary of state.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wi., said the FBI’s recommendation “defies explanation,” adding that “declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent,” Fortune reports. 

Ryan pledged to hold House hearings on the FBI investigation and said Clinton should not be allowed to access classified information.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas expressed “serious concerns about the integrity of Director Comey’s decision,” arguing that Comey “has rewritten a clearly worded federal criminal statute.”

FBI Agents Association Throws Weight Behind Bipartisan Spending Plan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to avoid further cutbacks, the FBI Agents Association is showing its support for a bipartisan spending plan that would avoid more than $700 million in additional sequestration reductions, NPR reports.

The plan, while not ideal for the cash-strapped agency, was announced Tuesday by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

Agents are hoping to avoid furloughs that reduce law enforcement efforts, such as combating terrorism and corruption.

“The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would help alleviate some of these budgetary pressures by lifting the threat of over $700 million in additional sequestration cuts and providing appropriators with additional funds that can be used to support the vital work of FBI Special Agents,” FBI Agents Association President Reynaldo Tariche writes in a letter obtained by NPR.

And Now for the Big News of the Campaign: GQ Discloses Paul Ryan’s Secret Service Code Name

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
In a presidential race that has been fairly dull so far comes this exciting news: GQ magazine has reported that Paul Ryan’s Secret Service code name is “Bowhunter.”

The magazine reports that Ryan’s favorite hobby is bow hunting. Romney’s code name is “Javelin,” which may come from the AMC car company his dad headed up, the magazine reported.