Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is under FBI investigation for alleged sex trafficking: "This is a movement for winners!"
Florida) who is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for alleged sex trafficking said in one of his most recent events while campaigning for the House of Representatives primaries: "This is a movement for winners!" Florida voters will take to the voting booths on Tuesday and vote for the nominees running for Congress. Gaetz’s biggest threats are his two Republican primary challengers: Mark Lombardo and Greg Merk, with Lombardo launching a series of ads attacking Gaetz for his sex trafficking scandal.news.yahoo.com
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) absurdly asks, “Is the IRS gearing up for war in our country?”
Florida Republican Matt Gaetz continues to stoke fear over recent IRS job postings for agents who can carry firearms, as well as funding for arms for IRS agents included in recent legislation. Is Nancy Pelosi trying to start a nuclear war in Asia? Is there an effort by the National Security State to stoke violence in a civil war here at home?news.yahoo.com
Some Republicans fear party is too extreme on abortion and gay rights
Some Republicans worry that conservative positions and rheotirc on key social issues are moving too far out of sync with popular opinion, projecting new hostility to women and gay people and potentially alienating middle-of-the-road voters.washingtonpost.com
Mike Pence's former chief of staff hits back at Matt Gaetz, saying he'll likely be 'in prison for child sex trafficking' — in what looks like a growing schism in Trumpworld
"Let me just say what everyone here knows: Mike Pence will never be president," Gaetz had said at a conservative conference over the weekend.news.yahoo.com
Ex-Pence Chief of Staff Rips Matt Gaetz: He’ll ‘Likely’ Be in Jail in 2024
CNNMarc Short, former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, on Monday dismissed comments from Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) about Pence’s presidential prospects, adding that he would be surprised if the Florida congressman isn’t convicted of child sex trafficking by the time of the 2024 election.CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Short to react to part of a speech Gaetz gave Monday at a conference organized by Turning Point USA, a right-wing youth activist group. Gaetz declared, “Our America isnews.yahoo.com
Gaetz friend faces December sentencing as he helps in probes
Sentencing for a former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been set for December, as his lawyer indicated that his client continues to cooperate with federal investigators in multiple jurisdictions. After several postponements, former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg will be sentenced on Dec. 1 in federal court in Orlando for six federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a child, identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official, according to an order filed this week. Greenberg faces a minimum 12 years in prison, although court papers indicate his attorney plans to ask for less because of his continuing cooperation with federal prosecutors.news.yahoo.com
11 House Republicans attended a White House meeting with Trump to strategize about overturning the election results on January 6. Six of them later asked for pardons.
The House Republicans discussed election theories pushed by John Eastman, who believed that Pence could singlehandedly reject electors on January 6.news.yahoo.com
AOC blasted Rep. Matt Gaetz for saying Rep. Jamie Raskin is 'unable' to serve in Congress because his son died by suicide and it 'clouds his judgement'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Raskin, calling him a great Congressman, and said Rep. Matt Gaetz is a "bad haircut in a cheap suit."news.yahoo.com
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets at Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Marjorie Taylor Greene wanting to know if they asked for pardons after January 6
Her remarks came the day after the first public Jan. 6 hearing Thurs. where Rep. Liz Cheney claimed that some members of Congress asked Trump for pardons.news.yahoo.com
US Rep. Gaetz associate receives another sentencing delay
A federal judge has approved yet another sentencing delay for a former Florida tax collector who was a close associate of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said in an order Monday that a sealed status report filed by prosecutors justifies postponing the sentencing of Joel Greenberg until August. The sentencing has been delayed twice previously.news.yahoo.com
Musk doesn’t own Twitter yet, but conservatives are racking up followers
Carlson’s gain is one of several early signs that Musk’s takeover is already shifting the dynamics of one of the most influential social networks in the country. A Washington Post analysis of hundreds of Twitter accounts found that right-leaning accounts, including Republican members of Congress, received a surge in followers since the deal was announced last month, even as their Democratic counterparts’ followings flatline.washingtonpost.com
Gaetz lashes out at McCarthy, Scalise after leaked comments
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Tuesday after The New York Times published a report that featured recorded comments from the two congressmen airing concerns about the Florida Republican’s remarks in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Gaetz…news.yahoo.com
'We need to recognize that women are the weaker sex:' Marjorie Taylor Greene thanked Matt Gaetz for defending her over Jimmy Kimmel's Will Smith joke
"Matt, I'm really grateful to you, in your character and as a man that would stand up and defend me as a woman," Greene said on Gaetz's podcast.news.yahoo.com
Gaetz sends Nadler hard drive containing contents of Hunter Biden's laptop
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., sent a hard drive containing the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., on Wednesday, one day after he requested that it be entered into the Congressional Record.news.yahoo.com
Gaetz staying on Judiciary panel, despite investigation
Democrats called for him to step aside from the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department. AdHe's remained on both the House Armed Services Committee and on the Judiciary Committee, which has congressional oversight of the Justice Department. Gaetz said the allegations were part of an extortion plot by a former Justice Department official, whom he identified as David McGee. “No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation,” he said. The Justice Department did not immediately comment.
Does a Twitter ban violate First Amendment rights? A legal expert weighs in
These are the rules for Congress, for our government, which Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and all other social media platforms are not. “The Constitution actually is irrelevant here in terms of the banning of public officials, including President Trump, from Twitter. Meaning, social media platforms have become less like shops and restaurants and more like the roads and bridges of the internet. “The bigger question that might raise is is should we start to treat these larger social media platforms, which do have vast power like Facebook? In the Florida legislature, there’s a bill that’s been filed for consideration that would allow users to sue social media companies for blocking their content.
Gala ignites political dispute over COVID-19 restrictions
The New Jersey restaurant that hosted the political gala put on by the New York Republican Club was ordered temporarily closed Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, over potential violations of coronavirus guidelines. (Courtesy New York Republican Club via AP)A New Jersey restaurant that hosted a political gala put on by a New York Republican club was ordered temporarily closed Friday over potential violations of coronavirus guidelines. Phil Murphy, also a Democrat, has tightened restrictions on indoor gatherings recently in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases. New York Young Republican Club President Gavin Wax scoffed at the criticism online, saying the group had done nothing wrong. New York state reported 30,000.
President Trump wins Florida, collects 29 electoral votes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – President Donald Trump has won Florida’s 29 electoral votes, defeating Democrat Joe Biden in a prized battleground state crucial to the Republican’s bid for another four years in the White House. In the end, Trump prevailed with the help of a loyal base, particularly in the state’s rural reaches. Both campaigns made Florida a priority in the waning weeks of an election year thrown off-kilter by the pandemic. It remains to be seen how the social unrest after high-profile police killings of Black people might have influenced the race. Biden did win Duval County this year -- the first time a Democrat had won the county since Jimmy Carter swept the south in 1976.
Trump wins Florida; voters raise minimum wage to $15
— District 3: Republican Kat Cammack has won Florida’s U.S. House seat held by her former boss, retiring Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho. He defeated Democrat Donna Deegan, a former television news anchor who has worked to raise money for breast cancer research and to help patients. — District 15: Republican Scott Franklin has won Florida Rep. Ross Spano’s seat in the U.S. House. Deutch was first elected in 2010 and represents a firmly Democratic district that includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A supermajority of Florida voters approved the amendment to the Florida Constitution that will raise Florida’s minimum wage from the current $8.56 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026.
Campaigns step up Florida ground game
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The presidential race is tightening in Florida, with recent polls showing a near tie. Both Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s and President Donald Trump’s campaigns are making multiple stops in the Sunshine State this week before the final presidential debate. Biden campaign surrogate Dianne Williams-Cox was in Jacksonville and is confident in Biden’s support from minority voters. American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said social media’s response to the story is evidence the Trump campaign is fighting a two-front battle. Biden and Trump face off in the final presidential debate on Thursday night.
Conservatives lash out at Liz Cheney over Trump criticism
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio noted Cheney's criticism of Trump on defense and foreign policy and accused her of not supporting the president on his coronavirus response. Leading the criticism was Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who recounted the confrontation on his podcast, Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz, shortly after it happened. He also tweeted about Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and said she should step down from her post as head of the GOP conference. Liz Cheney has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda, Gaetz tweeted. House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair.
Ethics panel clears Rep. Gaetz in lease for district office
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON The Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended no further action against a Florida congressman who is paying a donor and former legal client $5,000 a month to rent space for his district office. The independent office has ended a preliminary investigation after finding insufficient evidence to continue the case against Rep. Matt Gaetz. The two-term lawmaker has said he did nothing wrong and that the lease is at or below market rate.The Office of Congressional Ethics opened the inquiry after news reports about the leasing arrangement surfaced in April. The office is a nonpartisan entity that reviews allegations of misconduct against House members, officers and staff, and makes recommendation to the House Ethics Committee. Merrill owns Empire Partners, L.L.C, the company that has billed him for the rent since Gaetz took office in 2017.
Lawyer dresses as the Grim Reaper to protest Florida’s open beaches
Walton County, Florida – Most Floridians hitting the newly reopened beaches are trading stay-at-home sweatpants for shorts and swimsuits. Uhlfelder, an attorney, is haunting Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to protest their reopening, which he believes is premature. But if we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control,” he warned. Scythe in hand, he traveled to beaches around Walton County, Florida, that have reopened ahead of the state’s planned May 4 reopening. Phase One of the reopening allows restaurants and retailers to open at 25% capacity.
Trump gets cheers, 'lock him up' chants at World Series in DC
President Donald Trump attends Game Five of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump received a mix of cheers and boos as he was shown to the crowd at the World Series. As a shot of US troops came on the screen during the Nationals' "Wave Your Caps" mid-inning segment, the stadium erupted in cheers before a shot of Trump appeared. The crowd's response shifted to boos instead of cheers, to which Trump smiled and continued to wave. Trump also did not participate in the "Baby Shark" salute to Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra before his at-bats.
Florida Bar panel clears Gaetz after tweet probe
Florida Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker said in an email that a letter of advice will be sent to Gaetz and made public likely on Friday. They are taking no disciplinary action against me & are sending a letter of advice, Gaetz tweeted. I thank the Bar committee members for their sound judgment.In February, Gaetz, a Northwest Florida Republican, accused Cohen, who is married, of having girlfriends on the eve of giving testimony to Congress. Democrats and other critics accused Gaetz, a major Trump supporter, of engaging in witness tampering. The Florida Bar has said it investigates potential conduct violations any time words of a Florida lawyer result in complaints.
Gaetz faces House probe after Cohen tweet
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz faces a House investigation into allegations he tried to intimidate President Donald Trumps former lawyer before a congressional appearance this year. The House Ethics Committee said Friday that Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, failed to provide testimony after a complaint from a House member alleged that Gaetz sought to intimidate former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. A statement from the committee said Gaetz was informed on May 16 that its ability to resolve the complaint would be hindered without his testimony. But in a statement to The Hill, Gaetz defended his refusal to comply with the House investigation. In February, Gaetz accused Cohen, who is married, of having girlfriends on the eve of Cohen giving testimony to Congress.