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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Gaetz does not know when to stop digging. What a fool.
so, matt tell us why the F... did you vote for that? I mean, in my books, you are now a joke...
He was trying to up his beltway “maverick” profile, made a miscalculation and got burned. His best bet now would be shutting up and not giving interviews to Fake News Politico.
Really Mattie? Well no shit Sherlock! You got a hard lesson that words have meaning and actions have consequences didn’t dope?
What gets me is that the vote meant nothing... nothing.
Ok, I get it, he lives in an area with service men and families, but it was only some half baked proclamation.
Nothing binding on the president, and there already is a war powers act.
I have to tell you, I liked the guy, but I’m dumbfounded by it.
You guys love to lose. Hes in a military district. I laugh at your stupidity when you throw out a good house member for a democrat.
I laugh at you thinking Gaetz’s military district approved of him voting with Pelosi on anything.
Are you aware a military vet Democrat said Pelosi’s bill was partisan garbage and voted against it?
Sadly, siding with the toxic Democrats on any issue now is damning.
Yes, that is sad, because Republicans are not always right. There are some war-mongering Republicans and President Trump needs to stay on their good side through this impeachment BS.
But in private, I do not doubt for one minute that the President sympathized, and agreed that Matt Gaetz should vote his conscience.
President Trump ran on getting us out of these endless wars in the Middle East. There is nothing wrong with a man of good conscience holding him accountable to that promise, and I am sure the President expects nothing less.
Gaetz continues to be a strong advocate for the President and if the defense team snubbed him over the foreign policy disagreement, its their loss and the Presidents.
I’m still shocked Gaetz voted with the democRATs on the War Powers vote. I don’t trust him that much anymore...
I think he should be keeping his mouth shut if he truly wants to support Trump!
He is not on the team, that does not mean he should not be a team player now...Giving Politico comments like he did are not helpful IMHO.
Well you are wrong. I bet you live in some blue area. Its no wonder your thoughts are screwed up.
You are a goof. Why we have liberals on here like you is a mystery.
DUH. DUMB ASS!!!
SERIOUSLY??? They are JEB supporters? Omg.
NO ONE would want someone on his legal team who had recently gone against him on an important matter. It’s not just about trusting the advice, but about avoiding potential sources of leaks. It’s perfectly reasonable cautiousness.
Not in my district.. Try again. God forbid I exercise my right to free speech.
Yep. It’s not exactly helping his case to whine about it.
Money to Candidates GAETZ, DON
NICEVILLE, FL 32588 CAREGIVERS INC 06-30-2015 $2,700 Bush, Jeb (R)
Money to Candidates GAETZ, VICTORIA MRS
NICEVILLE, FL 32578 RETIRED 06-30-2015 $2,700 Bush, Jeb (R)
Money to Candidates GAETZ, MATTHEW L REP II
FORT WALTON BEACH, FL 32548 FLORIDA 11-30-2015 $500 Bush, Jeb (R)
Money to Candidates *GAETZ, ERIN
NEW YORK, NY 10012 JEB 2016 INC. 06-29-2015 $500 Bush, Jeb (R)
*Gaetz’s sister was director of digital content for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Matt Gaetzs Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Gaetzs father Don Gaetz served as a Republican in the Florida state Senate from 2006 to 2016.
He also served as the President of the Florida Senate from 2012 to 2014.
You have it, but so does Matt who you criticize for using it.
Flashback: The Hill 04/09/16
“Conservative radio host Mark Levin says he will not vote for Donald Trump in the general election because of Trumps connection to controversial strategist Roger Stone.
“I’m not voting for Donald Trump. Period. These bully, dirty tricks, Nixonian tactics, they’re only going to backfire. So, count me as never Trump,” Levin said Friday.”
Mark Levin Show 8/12/16
The Trump surrogates got their man nominated, but what they need to do is help straighten him out and convince him to advance conservative principles and liberty.
Mark Levin Show 8/30/16
If only the #NeverTrumpers, if only Jonah Goldberg and Bill Kristol and Glenn Beck and this one and that one, if only theyd get behind Trump, then wed be winning! Then wed win big time! Oh yes! No we wouldnt, said Mr. Levin, Mediaite reported Tuesday. As popular as many of those men and women are, theyre not going to sway anybody one way or another. This is a presidential election. People make up their own minds. [ ] Youre going to vote your conscience. Thats a statement of fact. [ ] Maybe Trump will win. Maybe Hillary will be stopped but we nominated the wrong person.
But that’s when Cruz was still running and people believed the lies that Trump was the same as Hillary Clinton. A couple days after Trump came down the escalator, I said I was changing from Cruz to Trump, people here told me, “Then you are a liberal!” The wisest people admit when they are wrong and Mark admitted he was wrong. Matt Gaetz? Still whining I guess.
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