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

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP lawmakers demand drafts of DOJ report on Clinton email investigation Live coverage: IG releases watchdog report on FBI, Clinton probe Ryan remarks on Trump ‘spygate’ leave conservatives fuming MORE (R-Fla.) suggested late Wednesday that some conservatives are beginning to question whether Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies John Legend slams Paul Ryan for Father's Day tweet, demands end to family separation Trump faces Father’s Day pleas to end separations of migrant families MORE (R-Wis.) should remain in his role after he undercut President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria 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?’”

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Gaetz expressed frustration over Ryan’s comments earlier Wednesday that he agreed with Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy: House will use 'full arsenal' of constitutional weapons to get DOJ, FBI compliance on subpoenas Gowdy: IG report ‘certainly helps’ Trump Sunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation 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 NunesSchiff: ‘Deeply disturbing’ that FBI gave Nunes confidential info on Clinton's emails Gowdy: House will use 'full arsenal' of constitutional weapons to get DOJ, FBI compliance on subpoenas Mueller warns of Russian midterm attack, while Trump attacks Mueller MORE (R-Calif.) has pushed for the release of classified information about the FBI informant, but has been rebuffed thus far.