Congressman Matt Gaetz Calls Out Chairman Nadler and House Democrats for Subpoenaing Lewandowski
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) criticized Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY-10) and the House Democrats for their decision to subpoena President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and compel his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
During today’s hearing, Rep. Gaetz highlighted the fact that Corey Lewandowski had testified before various congressional committees and the Special Counsel for over twenty hours prior to today, and slammed Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY-10) for harassing Mr. Lewandowski. Specifically, Rep. Gaetz pointed out that instead of subpoenaing Mr. Lewandowski, Chairman Nadler should be subpoenaing James Comey after the Inspector General recently found that he had done irreparable damage to the FBI.
The video and rough transcript can be found below.
CHAIRMAN NADLER: The committee will reconvene. The gentleman from Florida, Mr. Gaetz is recognized.
REP. GAETZ: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Well, the Mueller Report was supposed to be the end all, be all, the great ground swell of support for impeachment, ensuring the public would want to tar and feather the president, run him out of rail. Deprive the American people of the President they duly elected. Well that didn't turn out to be the case. So, then it was all about the Attorney General in. Bill Barr would point out the inconsistencies and flaws in the analysis.
Well, that didn't happen because the majority wanted to insist that their unelected staff ask questions of the attorney general of the United States. But no. They said we'll go to court. We'll win. We’ll force Bill Barr and don McGahn to come and testify. They're not winning in court. They're not here. It's a joke.
For the last four months, the path the majority has taken us on has rambled from disorganized to just downright dizzying. In June, Speaker Pelosi said the House Democratic Caucus was I’m quoting “not even close to an impeachment inquiry” that was to CNN. In July, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said, quote, “an impeachment inquiry is when you consider only impeachment”.
That's not what we're oing. We're investigating all of this. But then in August in a CNN interview Nadler said, “this is a formal impeachment proceeding”. Then in September, when asked if the democrats are engaged in an impeachment inquiry, the house majority leader answered, no. it was the gentle lady from Washington who said just recently, Miss Jayapal, “we have been in the midst of an impeachment investigation” to Politico.
But in the very same story the gentleman from Connecticut, Mr. Himes said “no we are not in an impeachment investigation”. Then the gentleman from New York, Mr. Gregory Meeks, said when asked if the House was investigating impeachment, he said, “well, maybe there is -- we don't know whether impeachment investigation has begun. It’s just dizzying. Last week, it was the Judiciary Chairman, Jerry Nadler, who said, “what we're doing is very clear. It's been very clear. It continues to be very clear.
The Speaker backed us at every point along the way. This process has been about as clear as Joe Biden’s last answer to race relations that involved turning on the record player. We don’t know where we are or what we're doing. Now, Mr. Lewandowski, I am not allowed by house rules to impugn the motives of my colleagues or to speculate as to what might be animating this bizarre circumstance, but those rules don't apply to you.
So, Mr. Lewandowski, do you have a thought as to why we continue to engage in a charade that is overwhelmingly opposed by the American people, and fundamentally misunderstood by my democrat colleagues?
MR. LEWANDOWSKI: You know, congressman, I think they hate this president more than they love their country.
REP. GAETZ: Mr. Lewandowski, you were the campaign manager for the president's campaign when the Obama-Biden administration was notified that there might be efforts by the Russians to interfere with our election. Isn't that right?
MR. LEWANDOWSKI: Yes.
REP. GAETZ: And can you describe to us the briefing you got as the campaign manager to ensure that our system was resilient and American democracy was protected?
MR. LEWANDOWSKI: There was no briefing provided by anybody from the Obama-Biden administration, members of the Intelligence Committee, or the FBI to our campaign when I was present or during my tenure as a campaign manager.
REP. GAETZ: That's just baffling to me. I mean, our democracy is so precious. We have to cherish and protect it. And yet, when the Obama-Biden administration knew that there might be nefarious efforts to interfere or cooperate or any way disturb our democracy, they didn't say anything to you.
Now, as you sit here today watching the facts unfold, do you have any rationale as to why maybe the Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Obama-Biden team didn't want to give the Trump campaign a fair defensive briefing about the threats we were facing?
MR. LEWANDOWSKI: It's actually unfathomable to me that they didn't contact the major political nominee for president of the United States and inform them of potential threats against the election process in 2016.
REP. GAETZ: And we could be finding that out now. I mean, we could have those people before our committee to figure out what in the world happened that didn't allow us to get those answers. One final question for you Mr. Lewandowski, has an inspector general employed by the United States government ever accused you of breaking the law?
MR. LEWANDOWSKI: No.
REP. GAETZ: No, but they have done that with James Comey. Yet the leadership of this committee will not bring James Comey before even though the inspector general said that his work impaired the credibility and efforts of over 35,000 FBI agents and the brave people fighting for our country.
It's a shame that you're here Mr. Lewandowski. Jim Comey should be sitting in that chair, he should be answering questions about why he did so much damage to the FBI and our country, including not giving you the briefing that you were entitled to.