Congressman Matt Gaetz Condemns Democrat-Led Judiciary Committee for Holding AG Barr in Contempt

May 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today attended the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on the “Committee Report for Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives Find William P. Barr, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in Contempt of Congress.” During the hearing, Rep. Gaetz spoke out against Democrats’ desperate attempts to vilify the Attorney General, noting that it would be illegal for the Attorney General to turn over the documents subpoenaed by Democrats. 

Congressman Gaetz has been vocal in defending the President against the baseless accusations of “Russian collusion” levied by the Democrats for the past two years. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released last month, revealed that there was no collusion, conspiracy, or coordination between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. 

The video and rough transcript of Rep. Gaetz’s remarks can be found HERE or below.




Rep. Gaetz: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Glad to see the microphone is working this week. My good friend from Georgia just asked the operative question. How can we impeach if we don't get the documents? How can we impeach if we don't get the documents?


Ladies and gentlemen, this hearing is not about the Attorney General. It is not about the Mueller report. 92% of which everyone in America has had the opportunity to read. It is not about the fact that even the portions that the American people haven't been able to read, the Chairman has been able to read had he chosen.


This is all about impeaching the President. Now, why don't they just say it? Why don't they just jump to the impeachment proceedings like their liberal media overlords are telling them to do? The reason is the American people don't support impeachment and it is easy to understand why. They went and elected Donald Trump, President of the United States.


I don't think people are going to support impeaching a president who is doing so well. You've got 3.2% growth in the economy. The Trump economy is hot. The reason we're doing so well is consequence of the President's policies and so at a time when my democrat colleagues are focused on the next election and not solutions to the problems facing Americans, they can't attack the President's policies.

People are doing well. So typically, they role next to identity politics based on what you look like, who you pray to or love you can't possibly support Republicans. But African-Americans are doing better, Hispanics are doing better, women are doing better.

We're seeing a rising tide that is lifting all boats in this country. Now we have this effort not to argue with policies, not to typically go to the identity politics that functions as the organizing principle of today's Democratic party. They have to delegitimize the guy people voted for but they don't have the guts to do it directly, so they go after the Attorney General.


The gentleman from Georgia said we're hiding behind the rules. Hiding behind the rules? These are federal laws that dictate what the Attorney General can and cannot do. We are not hiding behind the rules.

We just like to follow them. It is not following the rules that got us into trouble in the first place. When the Inspector General testified before us he said it is the fundamental fact that during the investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump you saw continuous examples of a one off here, a violation of protocol there.


The Inspect General said he had never seen the very same team investigating Hillary Clinton would then investigate the other person that was involved in the 2016 Presidential contest. About a month ago in this committee, I laid out the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.


I think folks watching at home can follow along and see where we're headed. First the Democratic colleagues were in denial. When they saw there was no collusion after saying for 22 months that the President was an agent of the Russian government and that there was actual evidence of collusion, they were in denial when they saw the conclusion that there wasn't.


Then there was anger. It had to be the Attorney General's fault. Mueller didn't make a decision on obstruction. Somebody had to, and the Attorney General did. They got mad at him and a lot of anger. The third step, bargaining.

Well, Mr. Attorney General, you've given us 92% of the Mueller report. But we have to bargain for the remaining 8%. That's where we think the action is. Well, Mr. Attorney General, you spent five hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Three of our Presidential candidates got to question you.


You offered to come before the House Judiciary Committee to come for an additional hour of questioning. We have to bargain so our staff lawyers can ask you questions. Now, I don't think it's a good sign that the next sign after bargaining is depression. So, I feel for my Democrat colleagues but after that we get to acceptance and that's sure something that I’m looking forward to because there is some really good ideas that my Democratic colleagues have once they get to acceptance on the no Russia collusion thing.

My friend from Rhode Island has a great idea to – my colleague from the state of New York is right if the First Step Act is the only step act then that would be a bad thing. We need to do more on criminal justice reform.

My colleague, who is not with us from California, Mr. Swalwell, he has great ideas to unlock potential medical can business reforms. I have a bunch of my friends on the other side of the aisle that there are actual bills that would impact the lives of Americans would get heard instead of this garbage.


The Obama Administration ran an intel operation against the Trump campaign. Peter Strzok opened it up, the dossier kept it going, and now the democrats need to get over it. I yield back.