Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, intends to ask special prosecutor Jack Smith a series of probing questions.
As former President Donald Trump was indicted for the second time by Smith, Gaetz, who has called for Smith’s funding to be eliminated, lashed out.
Trump was previously charged with mishandling classified documents in an investigation conducted by Smith. On Thursday, he was charged with conspiracy in relation to his efforts to contest the 2020 presidential election.
“House Republicans should immediately demand that Jack Smith present himself for a transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee in the next 15 days.,” Gaetz said in a Newsmax interview he posted to YouTube.
“If he does not do that, we should send a subpoena. If he ignores the subpoena, we should hold him in criminal contempt of the Congress, so that he is the first prosecutor in American history to prosecute a case while himself under criminal contempt,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz subsequently declared his willingness to challenge Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“If Merrick Garland doesn’t enforce that contempt, then we ought to impeach Merrick Garland,” he said.
Another sham indictment from Biden’s Department of Injustice! This is a blatant attempt by the Left to tamper with our elections.
I urge my House and Senate colleagues to immediately support @RepMattGaetz’s bill, as I have, to defund this witch hunt.
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) August 1, 2023
“To showcase how political and indeed dirty this has all become, we can utilize congressional immunities to immunize President Trump, he said.
Gaetz cited sections of that that “gives any committee or subcommittee of the Congress the power to subpoena a witness, bring them in and partially immunize them.”
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) August 1, 2023
Gaetz said it is necessary to “stand up for Congress’s equities when it comes to election interference [and] when it comes to misuse of the DOJ.”
“This is all an effort to try to distract us from the very real crimes committed by Hunter and Joe Biden,” Gaetz said.
“It’s not a coincidence that Joe Biden is going to the beach now, but it is especially not a coincidence that, on the heels of their former business partner, Devon Archer, saying that Joe Biden was functionally the closer — the guy that gave the credibility to the Biden brand so they could engage in their international influence peddling — this indictment reads like a torturing of First Amendment-protected activity,” he said.
I STAND WITH TRUMP!!!
The politicized and weaponized DOJ is now committing election interference with this outrageous conspiracy theory set in motion to persecute President Trump and many innocent people.
Democrats can’t win on their failed America Last policies so they’ve… pic.twitter.com/TFNBtzfUCp
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) August 1, 2023
The Hill reports that Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said she would invoke the Holman rule if necessary to thwart Smith.
The rule permits federal legislators to reduce a specific line item, such as an individual’s salary.