Rep. Matt Gaetz (Q-FL) lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week after the House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol moved to have his phone and computer records preserved.
Gaetz told Real America’s Voice that Republicans would retaliate by seizing Pelosi’s phone records if they take over the House of Representatives in 2022.
In a textbook litany of projection language, Gaetz nervously rambled off his reasons for going after one of the main intended victims of the mob on January 6th. “The reason Nancy Pelosi is doing this is they want to cast this cloud of criminality,” Gaetz complained. “Nancy Pelosi better be careful what she wishes for because if the new tradition when one party gains power in the House of Representatives is that you investigate the personal records and the personal lives of the people who are out of power, well then 2022 and 2023 are going to be very difficult years for the Democrats.”
Nancy Pelosi better be careful what she wishes for. pic.twitter.com/wcVr11BReX
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) August 31, 2021
“Maybe we ought to look at Nancy Pelosi’s phone records with her husband,” the congressman continued, “who benefited millions of dollars off of stock trades and technology bills that were moving through the legislative process.”
Gaetz (who actually can’t do anything with Pelosi’s records because she’s not under any investigations) also suggested that Republicans could retaliate against the CEOs of telephone companies that comply with congressional investigations. “This is unprecedented, this is Marxist and I look forward to standing up against it,” he opined.
"Maybe we ought to look at Nancy Pelosi's phone records with her husband…"
Note to Matt Gaetz. Nancy Pelosi's phone records with her husband will show that she spoke on the phone with her husband.
On the other hand, you're being criminally investigated by FBI.
— Robert Elisberg (@relisberg) September 1, 2021
Gaetz is not the only Republican lawmaker to loudly complain about the request to preserve records. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) has joined Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA) and Mo Brooks (Q-AL) with vocal opposition to the investigation.
BREAKING: Kevin McCarthy is threatening phone companies to not comply w/ Jan.6th Committee's requests for phone records, saying, "A Republican majority will not forget" — this is blatant Fascism. Stand Fast. Do Not Yield. Call out the Lies. Call out the threats. Call out Fascism.
— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) August 31, 2021