Congressman Matt Gaetz, a key ally of Donald Trump, is gearing up to take legislative action that could protect the former president from the legal proceedings initiated by Joe Biden’s Justice Department.
Two federal court cases have been filed against Trump; one for mishandling classified documents and another for his involvement in the January 6th Capitol rioting. Additionally, district attorneys in Manhattan and Fulton County, GA have also charged Trump with various offenses.
Gaetz has expressed particular concern about the outcome of these federal cases.
On Real America’s Voice streaming network, Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, had a recent appearance in which he presented how Congress–controlled by the GOP–could get President Donald Trump to testify and be “immunized” from possible prosecution.
“You can actually bring President Trump in to give testimony to Congress and, in doing so, immunize him,” Gaetz said.
“Now, there’s different forms of immunity that take place at the committee level, subcommittee level, in some instances for full immunity, you have to have more of a supermajority vote,” he continued. “But if you had a supermajority vote of a committee, like Speaker McCarthy could set up a select committee tomorrow that can bring Trump in and immunize him.
“And then we could proceed with the very legitimate investigative work that we’re doing of the Bidens and the corrupt DOJ,” Gaetz continued. “Unfortunately, none of those things are happening. Instead, Congress is not in Washington, not assembled. And I think the timing is on purpose.
“No timing in DC is ever just a mere coincidence. And so right as Congress is leaving town, right as we’re walking away from our equities, you see this acceleration of activity against Trump,” Gaetz added.
Kirk responded, “Let’s be specific here, though. So immunize him from what crimes even if he’s under current indictment? Is that including even the obstruction claims? And give us some examples of how this has been used recently.”
The Florida conservative replied that the practice had not been utilized “recently.”
“But obviously, we’re aware of the ability for any person to plead the Fifth,” he said. “You can dissolve someone’s ability to plead the Fifth if you immunize them. And so Congress has this ability that’s been recognized. It’s even laid out in 18 U.S.C. 6002 and 6005. If folks want to look it up.”
“But there you’ve got the ability to say, well, we’re here by compelling your testimony,” he continued. “We’re giving you immunity for anything you say to us and anything that that would lead to. And so, for example, if President Trump came in and said, I’m here to give you testimony about the witch hunt, the abuse of criminal process, that Congress has … legitimate oversight equities to resolve.”
“And if he were to say things to us, we could immunize him for that conduct that he were to discuss,” Gaetz added.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed her frustration with House Republican leaders on Thursday, when she declared that she would not vote to fund the government unless they took action to impeach President Joe Biden and shield former President Donald Trump from what she believes are politically motivated prosecutions.
During a town hall event in Floyd County, GA, the GOP congresswoman explained her ultimatum and made clear that she expects her colleagues to take steps to protect the former president from any potential legal repercussions.
“I’ve already decided I will not vote to fund the government unless we have passed an impeachment inquiry on Joe Biden,” Taylor Greene told the audience, to applause.
“I will not fund the government because I will not fund the weaponized part of the government. I’m not going to continue to fund the Biden regime’s weaponized government. So there should be no funding for Jack Smith. Special Counsel,” she said. “We had to fire David Weiss, who is protecting Hunter Biden on his special counsel. And we have to rein in the FBI. I will not vote for money to go towards those things.