Based on the enraged rant he went on Monday during an appearance on Steve Bannon’s War Room: Pandemic podcast, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is nervous that he’s on the verge of being indicted by the Justice Department for the alleged sexual trafficking of a minor girl.
Gaetz began his angry remarks by suggesting that the investigation of his alleged misdeeds is similar to the “pattern” seen in the impeachment of former President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection:
“Using a cut-out seems like exactly what they were trying to do to me! We are going to take power and when we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy, where the Republicans go limp-wristed, where they lose their backbone and fail to send a single subpoena. No, it’s going to be the days of Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
The Florida Republican then claimed the DOJ has “gone totally off the rails” because they’re investigating him for sexual trafficking:
“There is a pattern that is consistent through the Russia hoax, through the Ukraine matter, through my matter, through Jan. 6. And that is that you have these grey operators that are adjacent to the intelligence community.
“They go an activate other people to seed a lie, or engage in an activity that then gives the national security apparatus the authority to do something that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.”
Near the end of his rant, Gaetz told Bannon that the sexual trafficking investigation is a government “operation” to silence him and take him down:
“I’m starting to wonder whether or not what they tried to do to me was extortion or an operation. And more and more, it looks like an operation.”
Wow! That’s a lot of paranoia and angst for one person. But what Gaetz failed to address is why he doesn’t simply sit down with federal prosecutors and tell them everything he knows about the charges against him. An innocent person has nothing to hide.
Going by the palpable fear we witnessed from Gaetz today, it certainly sounds like he knows he’s done something wrong. And the more he talks, the more evidence he gives investigators as they pursue the case against him.
Here’s the video:
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