Rep. Matt Gaetz doesn’t like the double standard in how Republicans and Democrats are treated when they’re accused of lying during congressional hearings.
And the Florida Republican is on a mission to change things.
Gaetz told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Thursday that he is introducing the “Justice for All Act” to combat the justice inequalities he is seeing with how the “other people” are being treated, naming Hillary Clinton and others as examples.
“Is lying to Congress as common as the sun rising? Is anyone ever charged?” Carlson joked with the congressman who serves on the Judiciary Committee on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday.
“It happens daily,” Gaetz replied. “I thought Robert Mueller was supposed to be investigating Russia collusion, and now he’s become a glorified hall monitor enforcing the provisions of lying to Congress.”
The problem, Gaetz claimed, is that the special counsel is “enforcing them unequally.”
This is the motivation behind the legislation Gaetz is proposing, which would create criminal referrals for “the other people that we know have lied to Congress,” he explained, pointing to multiple examples including Hillary Clinton, fired FBI chief James Comey, former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe who, Gaetz noted, “lied so frequently he was demoted and referred for criminal prosecution.”
These Democrats who have unarguably lied to Congress walk free today while Republicans accused of lying under oath have seen police state tactics used against them, Gaetz argued.
“It’s the greatest evidence that Robert Mueller is not a person in search of the truth,” the lawmaker told Carlson. “He’s out to get Trump and the people close to Trump.”
If this were not the case, he contends, similar charges would have been brought against the others accused of lying to Congress. Gaetz pointed to the recent example of how Trump ally Roger Stone was arrested in a predawn raid at his Florida home by more than two dozen armed agents and vehicles, a veritable “army bigger than the force that killed” al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden.
In 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016, which sought to increase rights and services available to crime victims, among other things, as it built upon the original bill passed in 2004.
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