Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appeared on the Lou Dobbs show Wednesday and slammed Speaker Paul Ryan for defending the Deep State and refusing to defend President Trump and the Republican congressional investigators.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters Wednesday that he believes Obama’s FBI acted appropriately in using an informant to contact Trump campaign members during the 2016 presidential election.
“I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” Ryan said in support of his colleague Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who recently told Fox News that he sees no wrongdoing in the FBI’s use of an informant.
“I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment Chairman Gowdy has made,” he said, adding that investigators still “have some more digging to do.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz:
There is no defense today for Paul Ryan siding with the FBI and Department of Justice against those of us in the Congress who are working for transparency and accountability…
We need the Speaker to be an institutionalist of the Congress and not to be a defender of the Deep State. The silence from our very own Speaker is deafening. He needs to speak up. He needs to join us in a call for a second Special Counsel. And for goodness sakes, stop defending the FBI’s collection of intelligence on the Trump campaign when they refuse to give us the documents to show whether or not they broke the law.
As you know I run in the conservative circles of the House and I have never up to this point heard a single person talk removing Speaker Ryan from the speakership. Today for the first time I was hearing colleagues say, “Well if Speaker Ryan won’t stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy, not weaponizing the intelligence community against a presidential campaign, do we need to look at other choices?” So I think that remains a lingering question.
Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:
Last week, Rep. Gowdy told Fox News host Martha MacCallum, “I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”
The Justice Department is currently slow-walking the transfer of documents related to the Russia probe requested by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.
“It would be helpful if we got this information earlier,” said Ryan. “If we got all the information earlier we could wrap this up.”
In a recent interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) lamented the lack of “zeal” exhibited by fellow members of Congress in obtaining documents related to the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign.
“There doesn’t seem to be a lot of zealousness on the part of the House as a whole to really get the answers to some of this stuff,” DeSantis told Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House. “Because if we really wanted all this stuff, if the whole body was behind the request to get the documents and get the witnesses, we’d get them very shortly. It’s just we haven’t been willing to hold people in contempt or use our powers in order to engineer compliance.”