GOP Rep. Gaetz rips Paul Ryan over his remarks about Trump

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on ‘shadow banning’ Here's why social media users need a ‘bill of rights’ Hannity defends heckling of Acosta, CNN: People are screaming at you for a reason MORE (R-Fla.) suggested late Wednesday that some conservatives are beginning to question whether Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Ironworker and star of viral video wins Dem primary for Speaker Ryan's seat Live results: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut hold primaries MORE (R-Wis.) should remain in his role after he undercut President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary MORE’s claim that the FBI implanted a spy in his campaign.

"I have never to this point heard a single person talk about removing Speaker Ryan from the speakership,” Gaetz said on Fox Business's “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

“Today, for the first time, I was hearing colleagues saying, ‘You know if Speaker Ryan won’t stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy … do we need to look at other choices?’”


Gaetz expressed frustration over Ryan’s comments earlier Wednesday that he agreed with Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier Hillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump texts MORE (R-S.C.) that he had seen no evidence to support Trump’s claims that a “spy” was embedded in his 2016 presidential campaign.

Ryan also said no one is above the law in comments critical of Trump's view that he could pardon himself.

Gaetz accused Ryan of being a defender of the "deep state."

“There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the FBI and the Department of Justice against those of us in the Congress who are working for transparency and accountability,” Gaetz said.

“We need the Speaker to be an institutionalist for the Congress, not to be a defender of the deep state,” he said, adding that Ryan's comments have caused frustration within certain Republican factions.

Trump and his conservative allies have pushed the theory, without evidence, that the FBI embedded a "spy" in his campaign for political purposes. They have argued the use of the informant is an example of bias within the bureau.

House Intelligence Comittee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesPolice close Nunes district office as protesters rally outside Top aide in Kenneth Starr investigation will vote for Dems for first time Vulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders MORE (R-Calif.) has pushed for the release of classified information about the FBI informant, but has been rebuffed thus far.