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 July 21, 2023

Rep. Gaetz vows to introduce bill that would defund Special Counsel Jack Smith

Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has already made history by issuing a federal indictment against a former president, with possibly an additional indictment on the way, continues to face extreme criticism from some of former President Donald Trump's top allies. 

According to Breitbart, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) revealed this week that he plans to introduce legislation that would defund Smith's ability to carry out his investigations into the former president.

Gaetz, Trump, and others have argued that the indictments are nothing more than a political weapon to interfere with Trump's ability to seek a second term in the White House.

The Florida Republican held nothing back regarding his thoughts on the matter, promising to do whatever he can do disrupt Smith's investigation.

"BREAKING: I will be introducing legislation to DEFUND Jack Smith’s witch hunt against President Trump. They are attacking our democracy and engaging in election interference right now. The United States Congress has the capability to stop this election interference, and we must act immediately!" Gaetz tweeted.

During a recent podcast, Gaetz doubled down on his pledge, calling for the Republican-led House to "take action."

"The House of Representatives needs to take action to defund this special counsel investigation immediately. We do not need to wait for the appropriations process…we don’t have to wait for the Holman rule or some rider," he said.

Gaetz continued, "They are attacking our democracy and engaging in election interference right now. And if the United States Congress does not have the capability to stop that election interference, then what is all the flowery oratory about preserving the Republic? We have to operationalize that."

The Florida lawmaker quickly acknowledged that such legislation would likely die in the Democrat-controlled Senate, let alone be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

However, he said that it's important that Republican voters know where their legislators stand on the issue, making the bill more symbolic than anything.

"You deserve to know where your members of Congress are counted,” he said. “Will they co sponsor my legislation? I certainly hope they will," Gaetz said.

This week, it was reported that Trump could face another Smith-led federal indictment over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

Trump continues to ride high in the polling, amid the indictments and negative coverage. His supporters clearly aren't budging.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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