Matt Gaetz: “I Would Leave My House Seat” To Give Trump “Full-Throated Defense” In Impeachment Trial
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) declared that he would be happy to resign his House seat in order to defend Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial.
Gaetz appeared on War Room: Pandemic with Steve Bannon and Raheem Kassam, where he spoke about Trump’s upcoming trial. You can see a clip below via News Junkie’s Archives. In it, Gaetz says that he and some other House members asked if they could defend Trump in the Senate, and were told by House Ethics that they absolutely could not do so.
Bannon asks him if he’d be willing to resign his House seat to defend Trump — who he refers to as “the president.” Gaetz, notably, also refers to Trump as “the president” in his response, going on to suggest that the 45th POTUS might be the greatest the country has ever had.
Absolutely, 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 I would leave my House seat, I would leave my home, I would do anything I had to do to ensure that the greatest president in my lifetime…maybe the greatest president our country has ever had got a full-throated defense.
Notably, while Gaetz might claim he’d give up everything to defend the president, this doesn’t seem to be a popular stance among attorneys. Trump has had struggles in finding a legal team for his trial. His penultimate team quit with only weeks until the trial. According to NY Mag, with just over a week before the proceedings were to commence, the former president named a new legal team.