In recent weeks, a bold plan has been put forward by Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz to stymie the constant indictments against former President Donald Trump.
At the same time, it could expose some of the left’s worst abuses. The proposal challenges Republicans in Congress to take action and call out special counsel Jack Smith for his actions as well as provide immunity to Trump by having him testify before Congress as a whistleblower.
Gaetz believes that too many of his colleagues in Congress have fallen prey to what he calls “the same loser mentality” that infected the early days of the Mueller investigation.
His goal is not only to hold Smith accountable, but also to challenge Attorney General Merrick Garland if he refuses to enforce criminal contempt and bring Trump in for testimony while granting him immunity from prosecution.
“I’m worried that too many of my Republican colleagues in Congress are infected with the same loser mentality that infected Congress in the early days of the Mueller investigation,” Gaetz wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).
“This isn’t complicated. If House Republicans take action, Jack Smith could be the first prosecutor to bring a case while under criminal contempt himself. [Attorney General] Merrick Garland could be subject to impeachment if he refuses to enforce that criminal contempt,” he said.
“Speaker [Kevin] McCarthy could set up a Select Committee tomorrow, bring President Trump in for testimony, and grant him immunity,”Gaetz concluded.
On The Charlie Kirk Show, Gaetz elaborated on his plan saying: “Here’s what we ought to do, and we shouldn’t make it that complicated.
First, we should tell Jack Smith that he has to show up and give a transcribed interview to the House Judiciary Committee in the next 15 days.
I’m worried that too many of my Republican colleagues in Congress are infected with the same loser mentality that infected Congress in the early days of the Mueller investigation.
This isn’t complicated. If House Republicans take action, Jack Smith could be the first prosecutor… pic.twitter.com/DlRrkn78mK
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) August 8, 2023
“Here’s what we ought to do, and we shouldn’t make it that complicated,” Gaetz told Kirk. “First, we should tell Jack Smith that he has to show up and give a transcribed interview to the House Judiciary Committee in the next 15 days.
“If he doesn’t do that, we should issue a subpoena. If he ignores the subpoena, we should hold him in criminal contempt of Congress. … And if Merrick Garland won’t enforce that criminal contempt, then he subjects himself to an impeachment.”
“Simultaneous to that, you can actually bring Trump in to give testimony to the Congress and in doing so immunize him,” Gaetz said. “You have to think about it almost like whistleblower protections — Trump, the ultimate whistleblower, potentially the beneficiary of congressional immunity.”
The Republican said his plan is “never something you typically think of as a first step, but in this case, I think we misunderstand the fight that we are in. Right now you have the Department of Justice functioning as the enforcement wing of the Democratic Party.”
“I think that if Congress just accepts this premise that it’s an ongoing matter and thus we shouldn’t be involved, then you underscore the legitimacy of that very matter,” Gaetz warned.
Gaetz also acknowledged that he is in “the minority of the majority” on this matter.