Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is terrified, and he’s not even good at hiding his fear.
Sensing that the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection is about to have his and other members of the GOP’s phone records as part of their investigation, Gaetz decided he’d publicly threaten Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
During an interview on Real America’s Voice, Gaetz said he plans to seize Pelosi’s phone records if the GOP happens to retake control of Congress after the 2022 midterm elections:
If Gaetz and others in the GOP did nothing wrong on Jan. 6, why are they afraid of letting all the information come out so the American people can see it and judge their actions for themselves?
Gaetz ended his rant by declaring:
Um, no. It’s not unprecedented and it’s also not Marxist. Gaetz is clearly using words he doesn’t even know the meaning of.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is also making idle threats against any telecommunications provider who agrees to hand over phone records to the Select Committee, firing off a statement on Tuesday:
“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States. If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”
Of course, McCarthy is wrong. It is NOT a violation of any federal law to comply with a request from a congressional committee. It never has been. McCarthy is just blowing smoke.
Matt and his Republican co-conspirators are worried. And considering what they played a part in — an attempted coup — they damn well should be.