Figure of Speech: fable, the storytelling example.
Aristotle said you can use three kinds of example in rhetorical logic: fact, comparison, and "fable." Congressman Hyde isn't remembering a specific midnight fire or three a.m. knock. He's making his audience imagine these things happening to them—in a nation where the president flouts the laws.
Any comparison between that quotation and the president's approval of NSA spying on Americans is entirely coincidental.
Snappy Answer: "Unless the prez decides we're bad guys. Then there is no rule of law, right?"