Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he has offered to represent Donald Trump in the former president’s second impeachment trial, asserting that he would be willing to resign from his seat in the House of Representatives “if the law requires it.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary … [+]
In an interview on FoxNews on Wednesday, Gaetz, a fervent supporter of the former president, said he offered to represent Trump “weeks ago” but has not been asked to join Trump’s legal team.
Gaetz stated he communicated the offer through two separate intermediaries: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff.
Gaetz said that “the conversations ceased” once “ethics advised that sitting House members couldn’t do it.”
During an appearance on Stephen Bannon’s podcast Tuesday, Gaetz said he viewed the “cancellation of the Trump presidency and the Trump movement as one of the biggest threats” to his district.
“If the president called me and wanted me to go defend him on the floor of the Senate, that would be the top priority in my life,” Gaetz declared.
Gaetz has been one of the prominent GOP members that have gone on the offensive against House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump last month. Last week, the Florida congressman traveled to Wyoming to organize a rally targeting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) over her impeachment vote. Speaking to a crowd of supporters at the State Capitol in Cheyenne, Gaetz said Cheney was “disloyal” and called on GOP leadership to remove her as conference chair. Claiming that Trump had advised him before his trip to Wyoming, Gaetz urged voters to make sure Cheney was beaten in her primary race. House Republicans are expected to meet Wednesday to discuss Cheney’s future within the party’s leadership.
“I only regret that I have but one political career to give to my president,” Gaetz told Fox News.
Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle (Pa.) facetiously tweeted Wednesday that he would “strongly support” Gaetz resigning his Congressional seat.
What To Watch For:
Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is scheduled to begin February 9. Last Tuesday, 45 of 50 Senate Republicans voted in favor of an effort to dismiss the trial. Consequently, it appears highly unlikely that Trump will be convicted, as it would require the votes of at least 17 Republican senators. Trump is expected to be represented by trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr. during the proceedings.
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