June 6, 2018

Matt Gaetz: There’s talk of mutiny against Paul Ryan after he broke with Trump on ‘spygate’

Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested late Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan breaking with President Trump on “spygate” prompted something he’s never before heard among fellow conservatives: talk of mutiny.

“You know I run in if more conservative circles of the House and I have never into this point heard a single person talk about removing Speaker Ryan from the speakership,” the Florida Republican told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs. “Today for the first time I was hearing colleagues say if speaker Ryan won’t stand with us in this fight over the essentials of our democracy, not weaponizing intelligence community against the presidential campaign, do we need to look at other choices?”

He said the notion of a conservative revolt “remains a lingering question and you’re starting to see more frustrations bubble to the top because we need that leadership.”

Ryan on Wednesday announced his support of a recent assessment by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that the FBI acted properly when it used an informant to speak to members of President Trump’s campaign team, but conceded that there is “more digging to do.”

Both congressmen were part of a small, bipartisan group of lawmakers who were briefed by Justice Department and intelligence officials about the informant last month. The briefings were prompted by Trump and his allies raising concerns about there possibly being a politically motivated spy operation burrowed into his 2016 campaign.

 Ryan announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election and would retire, prompting talk about who might succeed him as speaker. While House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has emerged as a top contender, conservative heavyweight Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., head of the Freedom Caucus, has also generated buzz.

Both Gaetz and Dobbs condemned Ryan, with Gaetz saying “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” and Dobbs dubbing the Wisconsin Republican a “disaster.”

A group of conservatives, including Gaetz, a freshman lawmaker, has pushed Ryan, to no success, to bring a resolution to the House floor calling for a special counsel to investigate allegations of misconduct in the DOJ and FBI.

Originally posted here.