Gaetz Blasts DOD, FBI for Poor Handling of Russian Election Interference: ‘Deeply Disappointed’

May 16, 2019
In The News

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) torched the FBI, the Department of Defense (DOD), and other intelligence agencies, saying that he was “deeply disappointed” by the “lack of cooperation” between the agencies when dealing with the 2016 hack of Florida voter databases by the Russians, Politico Reported Wednesday.

The congressman, who is a staunch ally of President Donald Trump made the comments following a closed-door defense briefing in the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Gaetz told Politico that he “would expect” the DOD to have more knowledge regarding how the Russian government interfered in the cycle that year.

“I left that briefing deeply disappointed at the lack of cooperation and synergy among the agencies dealing with this challenge,” he said. “I would expect DoD to know a lot more than they do about the tactics, targets and methods of Russian election interference.”

The Florida Republican continued the lambasting in a tweet posted Wednesday, which also included a video of Gaetz giving a floor speech on the subject.

“The U.S. military is not sufficiently engaged or informed on critical aspects of the Russian election interference campaign,” Gaetz said in his tweet, echoing his statements from his floor speech. “They don’t even know which two Florida counties were hacked.

“We need to work in a bipartisan way to defeat Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election,” he added.

Gaetz is not the only Republican blasting the poor handling of the Russian’s meddling in our election in 2016.

As IJR Red previously reported, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) socked former President Barack Obama as being “apparently insufficiently prepared to anticipate and counter these Russian threats” after Attorney General William Barr‘s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report into the subject showed alleged non-action by the Obama administration in regard to the Kremlin’s attempts to influence the election.