Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sent a brutal message to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week as he fired back at her House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot after it moved to have his phone and computer records preserved.
Gaetz hit back by saying that he’ll get revenge on Pelosi by seizing her phone records if Republicans take back the House in 2022, according to Raw Story.
“The reason Nancy Pelosi is doing this is because they want to cast this cloud of criminality,” Gaetz said. “Nancy Pelosi better be careful what she wishes for because if the new tradition when one party gains power in the House of Representatives is that you investigate the personal records and the personal lives of the people who are out of power, well then 2022 and 2023 are going to be very difficult years for the Democrats.”
“Maybe we ought to look at Nancy Pelosi’s phone records with her husband, who benefited millions of dollars off of stock trades and technology bills that were moving through the legislative process,” he continued.
Not stopping there, Gaetz proceeded to list other Democratic lawmakers who could have their records seized next year, including Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and members of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s (D-NY) radically liberal Squad.
“This is unprecedented, this is Marxist and I look forward to standing up against it,” Gaetz added. “Resist these efforts to really weaponize the Congress against its own members and elected representatives.”
This comes after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) said that companies that cooperate with Pelosi’s January 6 commission will be punished under a GOP majority, warning that “a Republican majority will not forget.”
McCarthy specifically called out Pelosi as well as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MI) for what he called “attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals’ private data.” The House Minority Leader claimed that such a forfeiture of information would “put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians,” according to Politico.
“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,” McCarthy said. “If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”
Schiff responded by claiming that McCarthy’s threat was “premised on a falsehood.”
“He’s scared. And I think his boss is scared,” Schiff said. “They didn’t want this commission and this select committee to go forward. They certainly didn’t want it to go forward as it is on a bipartisan basis, and they don’t want the country to know exactly what they were involved in.
“And Kevin McCarthy lives to do whatever Trump wants,” he added. “But he is trying to threaten these companies, and it shows yet again why this man, Kevin McCarthy, can never be allowed to go anywhere near the speaker’s office.”
And the witch hunt against Republicans continues. If Pelosi and her fellow Democrats don’t watch themselves, however, this will not end well for them.