Reporter nails Paul Ryan over anti-FBI memo: Republicans used to be 'the party of law and order’
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) during a press conference about the FISA memo. Image via screengrab.

During a press conference about the House Intelligence Committee's increasingly controversial memo, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was subject to a harsh question from a reporter about the GOP's criticism of the FBI and Justice Department.

"Republicans are traditionally the party of law and order," the reporter said. "We have an FBI director saying 'please don't release this memo, it is misleading and incomplete.' He was appointed by a Republican president. Doesn't that give you pause?"

"No," Ryan responded, before launching into a description of the law under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Earlier in the press conference, Ryan had denied that the memo was an attempt to undermine the Russia investigation.

"This memo is not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice, it does not impugn the Mueller investigation or the Deputy Attorney General. What it is, is the Congress' legitimate function of oversight," he said.

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