Are you interested in the latest news about the weaponization of the federal government? If so, you won’t want to miss this blog post! The House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has appointed Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., to the select committee investigating the weaponization of the federal government. This appointment is a big prize for Gaetz, who had been under FBI investigation of allegations of underage sex trafficking. Here, we’ll explore the details of this appointment, and why it’s important.
The select panel’s roster on its website listed Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, one of the GOP holdouts who helped broker a deal with McCarthy in last month’s fight over the speaker’s gavel. However, Roy asked for the change because he will serve on three demanding committees — Judiciary, Budget and Rules — and has a young family at home. Gaetz was not part of the original slate of names McCarthy rolled out for the panel two weeks ago.
Gaetz opposed McCarthy for 13 ballots, voting at times for Jordan, Donald Trump and Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Byron Donalds, R-Fla. But on the 14th and 15th ballots, after it was clear McCarthy had the momentum, Gaetz switched his vote to “present,” clearing the way for McCarthy to win.
The weaponization panel will hold its inaugural hearing on Thursday, and among the witnesses will be Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., as well as former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent and frequently appears on Fox News.
This appointment is a big deal for Gaetz, and it’s an important moment for the weaponization of the federal government. This blog post has outlined the details of the appointment and its significance, so be sure to stay up to date on this developing story!