REPUBLICAN Rep Matt Gaetz said he offered to represent ex-President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial and would even leave his seat on the House of Representatives if required.
Gaetz, one of Trump’s fiercest supporters, on Wednesday said he expressed willingness to serve on the former president’s defense team, although he had not been asked.
Rep Matt Gaetz said the cancellation of Trump’s presidency is ‘one of the biggest threats’Credit: Splash News
Speaking on the War Room Pandemic podcast, Gaetz said: “I would leave my House seat, I would leave my home.”
“I view this cancellation of the Trump presidency and the Trump movement as one of the biggest threats,” Gaetz said.
“I’m here to win, to win so much I get tired of it because that’s what was promised.”
Hours later on Fox News, Gaetz said that he made the offer “weeks ago” through fellow Trump ally Republican Rep Jim Jordan and Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Rep Matt Gaetz said he would leave his House seat if required to represent ex-President Donald TrumpCredit: Fox News
“When ethics advised that sitting House members couldn’t do it, the conversations ceased,” Gaetz said, adding that he would still accept if Trump wanted him on board.
Asked if he would resign from the House to represent Trump, Gaetz said: “If the law requires it, yes.”
Gaetz reiterated his offer after Trump announced his new defense team will be lead by David Schoen and Bruce L Castor, Jr.
The announcement came shortly after five members of Trump’s original defense team left.
Rep Matt Gaetz said he offered to represent ex-President Donald TrumpCredit: Twitter
A reported point of contention with the initial team was that Trump wanted them to focus on election fraud claims instead of whether the Constitution allows for convicting a former president.
It is not clear if Schoen and Castor are taking Trump’s desired legal direction.
A release from Trump’s office stated: “Schoen has already been working with the 45th President and other advisors to prepare for the upcoming trial, and both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional—a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week.”
Rep Matt Gaetz said he offered to represent ex-President Donald Trump ‘weeks ago’Credit: Fox News
Trump is likely to be acquitted since 45 of 50 Republican senators earlier this month voted to dismiss the impeachment trial.
The procedural vote was not sufficient to stop the trial from going ahead, because 55 senators voted to move forward with the trial.
On the War Room Pandemic, Gaetz urged Republicans to go on offense since 45 GOP members already voted that impeaching Trump is unconstitutional.
Gaetz stressed the importance of showing that Trump’s concerns about the election are legitimate, and the podcast’s host Steve Bannon said it is “free play” to show the election fraud receipts.
“Let’s not play to the Senate,” Gaetz said.
“Let’s play to the country. Let’s play to our people.”