Skip to comments.Matt Gaetz says he was kept off impeachment defense team over war powers vote
Posted on 01/23/2020 10:49:45 AM PST by conservative98
One of President Donald Trumps strongest supporters on cable news and Capitol Hill was surprisingly excluded from his impeachment defense team and he has suspicions as to why.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) was widely believed to have been a frontrunner to join a select group of House Republicans to defend the president through media outreach and providing consultation to his legal team, but he was snubbed.
In an interview with Politico, Gaetz said he wasnt entirely sure why he was kept off the team, but he has been told by someone in the White House that Eric Ueland, the legislative affairs director, was responsible for the brush back.
I dont know why it would serve someone in the White House to manufacture a divide between the president and one of his best communicators during impeachment, Gaetz told the outlet.
When reached by Politico, Ueland wouldnt comment directly on the Florida Republicans allegation. He did, however, mention Gaetzs support for the Houses war powers resolution, which would limit the presidents ability to wage further military action against Iran without congressional approval.
Rep. Gaetz: Trump suspended Ukraine military aid over corruption concerns The resolution did not signify a shift in policy or position for Gaetz, who began courting fellow House Republicans to support the measure after Democrats added one of his amendments to it, but Trump loyalists dragged him for the move nonetheless.
While the Trump administration was disappointed in Mr. Gaetzs [Iran war powers] vote, the presidents successful policy to reduce Iranian terror and misbehavior proves the path laid out by the president is working, Ueland said in a statement to Politico. We look forward to working with Mr. Gaetz in the future.
Gaetz responded, He knows its House Democrats, not Iran, who are impeaching the president, right?
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Curious definition of Trump supporter he has...
Good Matt, there should be no rewards for dumb moves.
He said he spoke to trump explaining the vote before he did it and trump agreed with him. So sick of people bashing our best house members.
Awesome! Paybacks are a bitch.
That’s kind of how it works
Yep Matt, your vote was kinda odd.
Good he deserved to be punished for his abject stupidity.
Hey Matt, you play, that’s how it goes. No whining.
It's his choice. Maybe he now realizes that his in a street fight for Republicans' life, and it's no time for high principles while he's being pummeled by the Democrats. I hope he doesn't make a second mistake.
Slow news day?
We don’t need House supporters who attack our President. IDC if he talked to him or not... It was a weak move.
I’ve enjoyed watching Gaetz as a talking head on news shows defending Trump, but he always struck me as being gravitas free.
We had a saying at work, one Oops equals 100 Attaboy’s.
This is the guy who runs away leaving his friend holding the bag then tries to explain later why he did it.
The friendship is over as the good will evaporates.
Matt, you blew it.
You got nothin’ left pal.
He also says the GOP needs to change on climate change.
Rightfully so. You want to play media whore, you go right ahead Matt but there are consequences
so, matt tell us why the F... did you vote for that? I mean, in my books, you are now a joke...
But, not important that you let me down, I’m a nobody, you let Trump down.
I can never ever figure why Republicans get this ping of conscience, now and then...deciding to throw a vote with the DEMs.
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