"Let me say it this way: I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate, but we have some more digging to do", Ryan said.
Trump made the pardon assertion in a series of Twitter posts on Monday in which he again criticized Mueller's criminal investigation, which has been going on for just over a year, of whether his 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the election in his favor and whether there has been any subsequent obstruction of justice.
"Normally I don't like to comment on classified briefings", Ryan said.
On the pardon issue, Ryan joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in sending a subtle message to Trump.
Before the House took last week off, members of the Intelligence Committee received a classified briefing on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
"There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice over against those of us in the Congress who are working for transparency and accountability", Gaetz said. "He obviously knows that's not something he would or should do", the Senate's top Republican said.
On May 24, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray led a team which disclosed documents and delivered a briefing concerning what has come to be known as "Spygate" to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC).
"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. The Justice Department had no comment.
The FBI was looking into Russian interference in the U.S. election and that line of inquiry led them to Trump, he said.
Ryan also rejected Trump's claim that FBI investigators illegally placed an informant inside his campaign.
On Thursday, after the Justice Department offered the new briefing, Burr said "I have a hard time figuring out what else they could produce". "As long as we have Republicans in the leadership positions who think it's okay to have Orwellian spies spy on presidential campaigns of one party, then we have bigger problems than just the briefing". "You know what I'm saying?"