Here's the latest from the cretin, who sadly reminds me of my ex (who was better looking and Mensa, for what that's worth):
Representative Matt Gaetz
U.S. Representative for the First District of Florida
507 Cannon House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515
It seems that lately, barely a day goes by without explosive new documents and revelations coming to light. Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham’s recently-released new document confirms the FISA memo, and reveals new details about the deeply worrisome surveillance abuse propagated against the Trump campaign. The FISA memo was a summary of information; this new document is a referral for criminal charges to be brought against author Christopher Steele, and thus carries more legal weight. I encourage you to read it tell me what you think!
Congressman Gaetz, “Release the Memo,” and the Media: a Compilation
Also this week:
New text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were released, raising the concern of President Obama’s involvement in FBI matters.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) got duped by phone pranksters, who convinced him that they had obscene photos of President Trump. After vigorously trying to set up a “document exchange” at the Ukrainian Embassy, and this phone prank came to light, his staff said they thought it was a hoax all along. (See this underreported bombshell story from January 2017 for more about the Ukrainian Embassy, the DNC, and the efforts to sabotage then-candidate Trump). As I said on Tucker Carlson Tonight, I think it’s time for Mr. Schiff to consider stepping down from the House Intelligence Committee.
Sen. Mark Warner was revealed to have had extensive conversations with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch in an effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele. In other words, a sitting senator had conversations with a lobbyist (for Russia), in an effort to contact a British spy and get “dirt” on the President.
An FBI informant testified before various Congressional committees about Russian “donations” to the Clinton Foundation, provided in exchange for favorable treatment in the Uranium One deal that sold 20% of America’s uranium assets to Vladimir Putin. Yikes. For months, I have pushed for a special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal, and have introduced legislation for that purpose. With this new testimony, my resolution is more relevant than ever before.
Very early Friday morning, the House voted on a budget deal that had already passed the Senate the innocuously-named Bipartisan Budget Act. Though it passed the House 240186, and has already been signed by President Trump, I voted against it. I find it repugnant that giving our troops the resources they need was inextricably linked with a vast increase in wasteful government spending. It was a bad deal all around. My statement is below:
The Bipartisan Budget Act raises the Budget Control Act cap on defense spending something I strongly support, and which I have voted for on three separate occasions. Unfortunately, this important boost in military funding came at much too high a price: vast increases in wasteful non-defense spending, permanent trillion-dollar deficits, and no fiscal sanity anywhere on the horizon. Worse still is the fact that it does not provide the military with a full year of funding: it is another short-term spending bill that forces the armed forces to operate under another month-long continuing resolution. This hemorrhages military readiness, and it is no way to govern.
The most important job of Congress is to provide for the common defense of the United States, and I will always do everything possible to support the men and women of America’s armed forces. But threats to the United States are not limited to foreign foes trillion-dollar annual deficits, coupled with our existing twenty-trillion-dollar national debt, threaten America too. This bill brings America close to the edge of a fiscal cliff, burying future generations under a mountain of debt from which they will never be able to escape. We cannot continue borrowing more than a million dollars a minute from foreign governments in order to pay for Washington’s spending addiction. I will always support the brave men and women of America’s military, but supporting the armed forces cannot and should not come at the cost of America’s future.
AROUND THE DISTRICT
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING ROUNDTABLE
On Saturday, February 3, my office was proud to host a roundtable discussion with Kevin Malone, President of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking. Representatives from the Florida Circuit One Task Force, as well as local faith leaders, were in attendance to discuss anti-trafficking efforts in our district and nationwide.
OKALOOSA EDUCATOR AWARDED
On Friday, February 9, my office presented Mrs. Karen Carroll with a Congressional Record, expressing our pride that she was named Okaloosa County’s Education Support Professional of the year. Congratulations to Mrs. Carroll!
GAETZ IN THE NEWS
The Walton Sun February 8, 2017
Drilling moratorium is a national security issue (Guest Column from Rep. Matt Gaetz and FL Rep. Mel Ponder)
“A well-trained military is an effective military and a well-trained military needs a place to train. One of America’s most important military testing and training facilities is the Gulf Test Range, with 120,000 square miles of overwater airspace from the Florida Panhandle to the Florida Keys. It is a critical space for American’s military to train on military technology. Unfortunately, air training operations are currently constrained to the northern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Eglin Air Force Base.”
BuzzFeed News February 9, 2018
This Florida Congressman Is Trump’s Ultimate Defender and Doesn’t Care if He’s Notorious
“People have to know who you are and what you’re doing if your opinions are to matter,” Gaetz opined over the course of a nearly 40-minute interview in his Capitol Hill office Wednesday.”
The Hill February 8, 2018
House Republican says Trump calls him regularly ‘because I defend him on television’
“Gaetz, a freshman congressman who took office just weeks before Trump entered the White House, has emerged as one of the president's most ardent defenders in Congress. He's been particularly critical of efforts by congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.”
Holland Sentinel February 7, 2018
Bob Ashby: High level anti-Trump intelligence abuses not so ridiculous after all?
“Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, tweeted that “there is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy.”
CSPAN February 6, 2018
Rep. Gaetz Speaks Out Against FISA Memo
Fox Business February 6, 2018
Rep. Gaetz Appears on Lou Dobbs to Discuss the Democrat Memo
Southern Political Report February 5, 2018
Matt Gaetz: The son also rises, and then some
“US Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) “kind of followed his father up the ladder,” says one long-time observer of Sunshine State politics, noting that Gaetz’s father, Don Gaetz, was elected Okaloosa County school superintendent and was given credit for turning the district’s schools around.”
Breitbart News February 7, 2018
GOP Rep. Gaetz: Adam Schiff ‘Off Playing Footsies with the Ukrainians’ ‘For Better Objectivity, He Ought to Step Aside’
“Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) argued Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, should step aside from his committee’s investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
The Federalist February 8, 2018
Right Now, Democrats Have No Obstruction Case Against Trump
Comey’s intervention before the election to re-open then close the Clinton email investigation after Clinton emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop was, as Rep. Matt Gaetz correctly labeled it, a classic “CYA” move.
The Hill February 7, 2018
Right revolts on budget deal
“Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) quipped that ‘fiscal hawks might now be an endangered species.’”