Paul Ryan: Devin Nunes' source is a "whistleblower-type person"

Republicans plunged into a blame game over the demise of the years-long push to repeal and replace president Barack Obama's signature health care legislation, with members sniping at each other over how much they can work with Democrats - or even the White House.

President Donald Trump is warning conservative lawmakers in the House that a fight is coming if they don't "get on the team, & fast".

Since the health care bill's failure, Trump has continually tweeted about the Freedom Caucus undermining the bill.

"He had told me that like a whistleblower type person had given him some information that was new, that spoke to the last administration and part of this investigation", Ryan said. "I share (the) frustration".

"What I am anxious about is. that if we don't do this then he will just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare - that's hardly a conservative thing", Ryan said. FAMILY PLANNING Vice President Mike Pence makes a rare journey to Capitol Hill to break a tie in a Senate vote to roll back federal funding for family planning and reproductive health.

He's also mused about working with Democrats on an alternative healthcare plan.

"I'm going to let the tweet for itself", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.

But, sources say, it's a threat that could eventually ring true if the Freedom Caucus doesn't change its tune. "We're going to talk about how we move forward and advance this agenda and truly seize this historic opportunity we have in front of us to improve people's lives and make a difference and advance these conservative principles", said Ryan.

Durbin said he believes the White House is "more receptive now" to bipartisan negotiations after last week's defeat in the House.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Tennessee Republican, was an early supporter of Trump and he said he still has a good relationship with the White House and that getting him out of office might only be worse for Republicans trying to move legislation through.

The Freedom Caucus has always been a thorn in the side of Republican leaders.

"I want a patient-centered system", he added.

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