Summer is officially here and we bet there’s nothing Matt Gaetz would rather do more than sit poolside with a piña colada in one hand and an underage girl in the other. Unfortunately for him, it’s looking increasingly more likely that his summer will be spent inside a jail cell.
The embattled congressman continues to do everything he can to distract people from that whole ongoing child sex trafficking/obstruction of justice federal probe he’s wrapped up in. His latest strategy has been to suggest the FBI was in on the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
The other day, Gaetz, who opposed the 1/6 commission, went on Newsmax to accuse the FBI of withholding information about the deadly riots.
“Why is there not more transparency?” he asked. “What did the FBI know? And when did they know it?”
Then, without providing a single shred of evidence, he accused the bureau of being infiltrated by “a bunch of folks in Washington, D.C., who are addicted to the coverage that they receive from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.”
“We see an FBI and Department of Justice that, I think, has strayed from its original mission and now they’re engaging as political actors.”
“I do not think we are dealing with a small group of bad apples,” he added. “I think that the FBI has morphed into a political opposition research organization and a political activism organization more than a law enforcement organization.”
We’re sure Gaetz’s attacks on the FBI and DOJ are entirely about his concerns over bad actors within the organizations and that it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that multiple media outlets are now reporting federal prosecutors may bring charges against him very, very soon.
ABC News reports:
Sources told ABC News that prosecutors believe a decision about whether or not to bring charges against Gaetz could come as early as July.
Sources said the probe into the congressman has ramped up in recent weeks. Investigators have started interviewing more women who were allegedly introduced to Gaetz through Greenberg, who last month pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl — who later went on to work in pornography — and introducing her to other “adult men.”
Since May, a new round of target letters and subpoenas in the wide-ranging investigation have been sent out, ABC News has learned.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.
Here’s how folx on Twitter responded when he shared a clip from his recent Newsmax appearance…
Seems like you’re trying to discredit them… any particular reason?
— KelShel pt2 (@ShelKel2) June 18, 2021
Do you really expect us to sit here and pretend this has nothing to do with the FBI investigating you for sex trafficking?
— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Sites4Congress) June 18, 2021
Our nation’s premier law enforcement organization certainly hopes you didn’t sex traffic teenagers, but they have to find out. #GaetzForPrison
— Alison (@leapsRL) June 18, 2021
Funny how you keep hitting on the FBI while you’re the subject of an active investigation. Maybe you should recuse…
— Tim Clark (@tcj) June 18, 2021
Matt, I feel like your push to stop the FBI might have an ulterior motive.
— say my name (@cannaclowning) June 18, 2021
I hear you may be charged as early as next month…I’d love some transparency on that
— LoveCountryLife (@a_friend_1970) June 18, 2021
We need more transparency on your venmo payments.
— WtAF (@jamesstiles22) June 18, 2021
He’s behaving like an average criminal defendant except he’s terrible at it. I’m not sure he’ll do too well if he ends up in prison.
— Ceasar8675309 (Jenny couldn’t pay her phone bill) (@kingofkings247) June 18, 2021
I agree! I think we have a right to know what they have on you with underage girls, crossing state lines etc…
— Elizabeth (@allysebi) June 18, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.