“I Have Given My Life to the Law!” Rep. Matt Gaetz Clashes with AG Garland in Tense Judiciary Hearing

 “I Have Given My Life to the Law!” Rep. Matt Gaetz Clashes with AG Garland in Tense Judiciary Hearing

Courtesy: Politico

Tensions flared in a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing as Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) confronted Attorney General Merrick Garland in a heated exchange. Gaetz, who is currently under an ethics investigation involving allegations of trafficking an underage sex worker, lost his temper and exclaimed, “I have given my life to the law!” during the confrontation.

The conflict centered around Gaetz’s persistent demands for information on cases that are outside the Justice Department’s jurisdiction, specifically those involving former President Donald Trump. Gaetz pressed Garland on whether he had communicated with local jurisdictions that have indicted Trump, such as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, told Newsweek.

Both Gaetz and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) have been vocal in demanding correspondence between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and these lower jurisdictions. However, their efforts have been met with refusal from both Bragg and Willis to comply with the GOP’s demands.

Throughout the session, Garland reiterated that these jurisdictions operate independently of the DOJ, a point that seemed to frustrate Gaetz. “I don’t need a history lesson!” Gaetz snapped in response to Garland’s explanations.

The discussion escalated when Gaetz used the opportunity to launch a broader attack on Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over Trump’s recent criminal case. In that case, Trump was found guilty of 34 felonies. Gaetz alleged that the DOJ had “dispatched” Matthew Colangelo, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, to assist in prosecuting Trump in New York, implying undue influence and collusion between the federal department and local jurisdictions.

Republicans, including Gaetz, have claimed that the DOJ used information from their investigations to influence the prosecution in New York, a claim Garland firmly denied. Gaetz further insinuated that Garland had personal connections to Judge Merchan and the Manhattan probe into Trump, which Garland also denied.

As the session continued, Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-NY) allowed Garland a moment to respond “to Mr. Gaetz’s tirade.” Once again, Garland stated his non-involvement with cases in different jurisdictions, emphasizing the independence of local judicial processes.

This intense exchange highlights ongoing tensions and the politicized atmosphere surrounding judicial proceedings involving high-profile figures like former President Trump, as well as the strained relations between congressional Republicans and the Justice Department.

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