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

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzNadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Some in Congress want to keep sending our troops to Afghanistan Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Fla.) suggested late Wednesday that some conservatives are beginning to question whether Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) should remain in his role after he undercut President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' 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 GowdyMore than two dozen former prosecutors, judges, active trial lawyers support DOJ decision to dismiss Michael Flynn case Sunday shows preview: As states loosen social distancing restrictions, lawmakers address dwindling state budgets John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America 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 NunesSunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Lawmaker-linked businesses received PPP loans MORE (R-Calif.) has pushed for the release of classified information about the FBI informant, but has been rebuffed thus far.