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Paul Ryan Defends Devin Nunes on Russia Probe
Intelligence Chairman Under Fire from House Democrats and Senate Republicans

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is expressing confidence in the House Intelligence chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite calls from Democrats for House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to step aside from an investigation of Russian meddling in U.S. politics, and even ridicule from GOP quarters, the California Republican doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said “no and no” when asked at a news conference whether Nunes should recuse himself and whether the Wisconsin Republican knew the source of intelligence Nunes apparently received on White House grounds about potential incidental collection of communications of Trump campaign associates.

Trump Criticizes Ongoing House Probe of Russian Election Meddling
President also says Freedom Caucus found way to 'snatch defeat from the jaws of victory'

President Donald Trump used a series of Monday night tweets to question a House panel's probe of potential ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Updated at 8:27 a.m. President Donald Trump used a Monday night Twitter tirade to question the ongoing House investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, showing little concern that his comments might taint the probe.

Previous presidents have been careful to avoid creating any perception that they are using the powers or political heft of the office to influence congressional or federal law enforcement investigations. Trump’s top spokesman, Sean Spicer, has mostly done the same when asked about separate probes being conducted by the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

Word on the Hill: How Involved Are You?
What the week ahead looks like

When staffers aren’t busy with their bosses, there are clubs for them. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’ve covered several congressional staff associations in Heard on the Hill and a bunch of them got together last week to tout their groups.

The Staff Association Fair on Friday was similar to a college activities fair and allowed staffers to learn about the many different options for them to get involved.

Trump Claims Vindication on Surveillance News
But information was collected legally, according to top Republican

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, makes his way from the committee’s offices to the microphones to hold a news conference in the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump expressed a sense of vindication Wednesday after House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said that Trump campaign associates may have been caught up in a surveillance net.

“I somewhat do. I must tell you I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found, I somewhat do,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

Comey Confirms FBI Investigating Trump Campaign Ties to Russia
FBI director says he has no information to support Trump’s Obama wiretap claims

Comey, left, confirmed for the first time that the FBI is conducting a counterintelligence probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

FBI Director James Comey said Monday for the first time that the bureau is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, including any ties between the 2016 campaign of now-President Donald Trump and Moscow.

As for Trump’s tweets that President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower, Comey said, “I have no information that supports those tweets.”

House Intel Seeks Clarity From Comey on Wiretap Claims
Lawmakers want answers on investigation into Russian meddling, surveillence

Nunes, right, and Schiff, left, will hold a public hearing on the panel’s widespread investigation on Russia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Intelligence Committee members are looking for FBI Director James Comey to put an “exclamation point” on Monday to unfounded claims made by President Donald Trump alleging the Republican president was wiretapped by his Democratic predecessor.

The panel will hold its first public hearing on a widespread investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election last year.

Intel Chairman: No Evidence Trump Tower Wiretapped
Bispartisan lawmakers say there’s no evidence to president’s claim

Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member, off camera, leave a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center where they addressed President Trump's wiretapping accusation and other matters, March 15, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Top lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday there is no evidence to back up President Donald Trump’s claim that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.

Chairman Devin Nunes, who was part of Trump’s transition team, said he has not learned of any basis to the claim, as the committee conducts an investigation into Russian involvement in U.S. elections and leaks to the public of intelligence information.

High Risk for Trump’s Asking Congress to Probe His Tapping Claim
Intelligence panels’ bipartisan approach might lead to answers president won’t like

President Donald Trump’s calls on Congress to investigate his wiretapping allegations carries many risks and could also complicate the selling of his legislative agenda, Hawkings writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In the long and storied history of congressional investigations, there’s no record of lawmakers acting at the president’s behest to get to the bottom of his own extraordinarily explosive but totally unsubstantiated allegations.

But that is going to be the case in the already amply unprecedented era of President Donald Trump. The result could not only change the very nature of legislative branch oversight, but also alter the turbulent course of this nascent administration.

Was ‘Gang of Eight’ Properly Briefed on Russia?
Top Democrat on House Intelligence Committee has his doubts

California Rep. Adam B. Schiff says he didn't think the select group of lawmakers on intelligence matters had received the kinds of briefings they should have. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee indicated Thursday that the select group of House and Senate members on intelligence matters was not adequately briefed on Russian issues ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

California Rep. Adam B. Schiff emerged from a roughly-three hour House Intelligence hearing with FBI Director James B. Comey, saying he had “absolutely” learned new information that the so-called gang of eight had not previously been looped in on.