Ryan on DNC revelations: I understand why Democrats would be 'ticked off'

Ryan on DNC revelations: I understand why Democrats would be 'ticked off'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) in an interview early Sunday said he empathized with Democrats over the recent revelations in former Democratic National Committee (DNC) interim chairwoman Donna Brazile's new book, saying he would be "ticked off" as well.

"To see such a deck stacked is really pretty jaw-dropping to me. No wonder the Democrats are ticked off. I would be, too," Ryan told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

"It’s amazing to me how the Clintons just lived above the law or above the rules in this thing. I understand why Democrats are mad about this. They should be mad about this, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this, frankly," he continued.

"I’ve never seen anything like that. I mean, we all said that the Clintons thought they lived above the rules, but this takes the cake. I mean this is pretty amazing. For them to basically be running the DNC in a primary," he said. 

Ryan's comments come after excerpts from Brazile's memoir, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” surfaced last week. Brazile said former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE's campaign had taken part in an agreement that she said shifted the Democratic nomination system in Clinton's favor.

NBC later reported the agreement pertained to the general election, although the memo included an allowance for Clinton's campaign to review any outgoing mass communication "that features a particular Democratic primary candidate."

Brazile also revealed that she had considered removing Clinton as the party's nominee and replacing her with then-Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report Biden marks MLK Day: Americans are 'living through a battle for the soul of this nation' MORE

Numerous Clinton staffers defended their former boss on Saturday, saying in a letter that Brazile's account is unrecognizable to them.

— Updated 9:50 a.m.