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Liz Cheney Is Already Getting Payback On Kevin McCarthy For Booting Her From GOP Leadership

It’s been just three days since House Republicans — led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — unceremoniously stripped Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) of her post as the third-highest ranking member of the House GOP ranks and then replaced her with Trump loyalist Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

However, in that 72 hours, Cheney has made it clear that she will not stop speaking out about the dangers of allowing failed, one-term former President Donald Trump to return as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024, remarking:

“Right now, I am very focused on making sure that our party becomes again a party that stands for truth and stands for fundamental principles that are conservative and mostly stands for the Constitution. And I won’t let a former president or anybody else unravel the democracy. Whatever it takes.”

And now Cheney is aiming her fire at McCarthy, insisting that he should indeed be subpoenaed by the newly-minted commission that will investigate what transpired on January 6, 2021 when pro-Trump rioters staged an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Cheney was asked by Jon Karl of ABC News:

“Should Kevin Mccarthy be willing to speak, testify before that commission? After all, he is one of the few people that we know of that was actually talking to Donald Trump while the attack was taking place.”

In what must have been an incredibly satisfying moment of payback, Cheney replied:

“He absolutely should, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed.”

In other words, Cheney is urging Democrats on the 1/6 committee to demand that McCarthy testify. And since he was one of the few people who spoke with Trump on the phone during the violent uprising at the Capitol, McCarthy might just be able to provide details that would sink the Donald once and for all.

Kevin McCarthy and his top lieutenants in House leadership may have thought they could oust Liz Cheney and go about their business as if nothing had changed. But the Wyoming Republican is letting it be known she still has some surprises in store for the people who pushed her overboard.

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GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert Lionizes The Capitol Rioters As ‘Political Prisoners’

Hundreds of millions of people here in the United States and around the world watched in absolute horror on January 6, 2021 as a mob of pro-Trump protesters marched on the U.S. Capitol, rioted, and engaged in the sort of insurrection that wasn’t thought impossible in this, the strongest democracy in the world.

Thankfully, the insurrection was put down, Joe Biden was certified as the 46th President of the United States, and federal authorities began deciding how to find and prosecute those who took part in the riots.

But according to Texas GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, those people who broke into the Capitol building are “political prisoners” who did absolutely nothing wrong.

Gohmert made his remarks Friday in the House of Representatives, the very same House where insurrectionists called for the blood of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chanted that then-Vice President Mike Pence should be hanged. The Texan proudly stood and declared:

“Joe Biden’s Justice Department is criminalizing political protest, but only political protest by Republicans or conservatives. They’re destroying the lives of American families, they’re weaponizing the events of January 6 to silence Trump-supporting Americans.”

Actually, the Justice Department is prosecuting the people who committed federal crimes that have been on the books for decades. And if these rioters didn’t want to destroy their own lives and those of their families, they should have stayed home and not engaged in criminal acts. It’s just that simple.

However, Gohmert was only getting warmed up, and what he said next is a slap in the face of both reality and history:

“We have in this city political prisoners held hostage by their own government. Victims of an unequal system of justice in a country where rioters and looters on the left are let off the hook, even considered heroes while those on the right are considered hardened criminals without any record before a trial can even begin.”

Wrong again! Rioters and looters “on the left” are also charged when they break the law. They are prosecuted to the full extent of the law because that law is written to apply to everyone, not just those of one political stripe or the other. And that’s exactly how it should be.

Louie Gohmert, like so many on the right, is delusional and seeking to rewrite what happened on that fateful day in January. His attempt to pretend what we all saw didn’t happen is an insult to every reasonable American’s intelligence.

But that’s the Republican way in the Age of Trump: Lie and deny, use falsehoods and conspiracy theories to cover up your own nefarious actions. It’s the epitome of what Orwell warned us of in 1984.

Sedition, treason, and rioting are wrong, un-American, and illegal. And Louie Gohmert is a lying sack of dung for trying to whitewash such actions.

 

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Michael Cohen Just Got Some Sweet Revenge On Matt Gaetz

Back in February of 2019, a day before Michael Cohen was set to testify to the House Oversight Committee about business deals and hush money payoffs he made to women former President Donald Trump had extramarital affairs with, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sent out a threatening tweet:

Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 26, 2019

That tweet got Gaetz in hot water with the House Ethics Committee, which later admonished him, Politico reported in August of 2020:

“While the 10-member panel determined that the Florida Republican’s ‘actions did not reflect creditably upon the House of Representatives,’ the committee also concluded in its report that he ‘did not violate witness tampering and obstruction of Congress laws’ and declined to issue more severe sanctions against the Florida Republican.”

Gaetz later deleted the controversial tweet and apologized for posting it, although few believed his apology was the least bit sincere.

Now we fast-forward to 2021, and Gaetz is the one under the microscope, facing the prospect of serving the rest of his life in federal prison for trafficking a 17-year-old girl and paying for some of the assignations via the Venmo mobile payment app, meaning he left a record of all his financial transactions.

Gaetz is also getting hit with some enormous payback from Cohen, with the ex-president’s former attorney sending a few tweets that are clearly aimed at the Florida congressman:

Ouch! Now that’s some masterful trolling by Cohen, who has paid his debt to society and noted that he’s eager to help prosecutors who are working to indict the Donald on a laundry list of charges that include fraud and money laundering.

So, Matt, how does it feel to be hit with a giant dose of karma right as your former wingman is cooperating with the feds and spilling his guts about your dirty secrets?

 

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Expect Legal Action Against Matt Gaetz By As Soon As May 15: Report

Based on new information from two reporters working for The Daily Beast, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) might want to get things in order and enjoy the next few days of freedom, because it appears he’s on the verge of being charged with crimes including sex trafficking an underage girl and wire fraud.

Reporters Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger were guests on the “Fever Dreams” podcast and made clear that the days ahead are likely to be very bad for Gaetz, especially since his friend and “wingman,” Joel Greenberg, is expected ink a cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors by May 15, which is the deadline he’s been given, according to Pagliery:

“We know that this is heating up, particularly again, because we’ve got a deadline on May 15 for Greenberg to become a fully cooperating witness for the government. And there’s not just that. We also hear that the feds are pressuring other people who have direct knowledge of this.

The world for Matt Gaetz in the near term looks extremely difficult because it’s not just that there’s some evidence. There’s a lot of evidence, and there are several witnesses.”

The two reporters also revealed that they’ve been able to source much of their reporting from people who had ties to Gaetz and Greenberg and are now spilling their guts on Instagram:

“These are people who are amateur Instagram models. So many of these were, like, wannabe escorts. They wanted to project a version of themselves out to the galaxy, and, you know, I got so… incredulous at one point a few weeks ago that I just decided to tweet, ‘You think you’re doing it for your brand, but you’re actually doing it for my investigation,’ because these people are just putting it out there front and center.”

All of this comes as CNN is reporting that prosecutors are indeed looking at those who have connections to Gaetz and flipping them for testimony against the Florida Republican:

“The cooperation of Greenberg and the former girlfriend could be among the final steps in the probe of Gaetz. Investigators view both as crucial to understanding the relevance of hundreds of transactions they have obtained records of, including those involving payments for sex. The ex-girlfriend could also be questioned by investigators about a second woman as they try to determine whether Gaetz may have slept with that woman when she was only 17.”

Gaetz, who has repeatedly denied that he did anything wrong, is facing more than just a slap on the wrist if he’s found guilty of sexually trafficking a minor. That crime alone could earn him a life sentence in federal prison.

 

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Sex Crimes Prosecutor Who Put Bill Cosby Behind Bars: Matt Gaetz ‘Should Be Very Worried’

Even though he hasn’t been front and center in the daily headlines so far this week, the investigation into the alleged crimes committed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) remains active, and the sex crimes prosecutor who put Bill Cosby behind bars for indecent assault says Gaetz “should be very worried,” especially since one of his close friends and “wingman,” Joel Greenberg, is reportedly cooperating with prosecutors.

Appearing on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, Kristen Gibbons Feden told host Ayman Mohyeldin that if indeed Greenberg gives statements “consistent with” the letter he wrote, it will establish two facts for federal prosecutors looking into Gaetz’s alleged criminal behavior:

“First, that he gave money in exchange for sex and second that sexual contact was with a minor. This wouldn’t necessarily get the prosecutors over the finish line, right? Because they would still need to establish that this crime relates to interstate commerce which is a necessary precondition for federal involvement.”

That’s why the issue of Gaetz allegedly taking a 17-year-old girl across state lines for the purposes of sex is so important to the case being built against the congressman, Feden added, because it would:

“Be a violation of 2423, Transportation of a Minor for Illegal Sex Crimes, which, again, would satisfy that interstate commerce, but also under that particular section the prosecutor would not need to prove that Gaetz knew that the young lady was a minor at the time of the sex act. Which the letter and I presume Greenberg’s statements would be consistent with the letter.”

Feden then went into even greater detail, noting that federal prosecutors intend to charge Gaetz under the the Child Sex Trafficking criminal statute, and that requires very specific proof:

“The prosecutor will need to prove that Gaetz had some level of knowledge at the time of the sex act that that young lady was a minor.”

It’s safe to assume that the investigation underway into Gaetz is indeed being predicated around the allegation that he did indeed take a young girl across state lines for sex. That act would make him guilty of sex trafficking and violating the Mann Act. And the penalty for that crime can be as harsh as life in federal prison.

Matt Gaetz shouldn’t just be worried. He should be shitting his pants.

Here’s Kristen Gibbons Feden on MSNBC: