Rep. Matt Gaetz said Tuesday he will work to ensure left-wing Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff “never” has access to classified materials.
On his podcast ‘Firebrand,” the Fort Walton Beach Republican discussed Schiff within the context of Monday’s arrest of Charles McGonigal, a former top FBI counterintelligence investigator.
The FBI busted McGonigal for violating federal law on sanctions of Russian oligarchs and money laundering for his work for Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oil mogul who secretly hired McGonigal to investigate a rival.
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Gaetz noted that McGonigal, while working in Washington, D.C., was the initial lead investigator when the information about the phony dossier on former President Donald Trump was provided to the FBI.
Ironically, that linked back to Schiff, who as a member and later chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, repeatedly claimed he had secret evidence that Trump conspired with the Russians in the 2016 election. No evidence was ever found, despite a two-year, $40 million probe by former FBI director Robert Mueller.
Schiff was back in the news this week because new Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy rejected Schiff’s return from the Intel Committee. McCarthy promised to do that before he took his post, only to watch as Democratic leaders insisted Schiff be put back on the committee. McCarthy reaffirmed Tuesday that Schiff was again out.
On his podcast, Gaetz said Schiff’s pronouns were now “booted and removed.”
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Gaetz added that Schiff, when he led the Intelligence Committee, had an obligation to oversee the FBI to ensure that Americans would never see an indictment such as that filed against McGonigal.
“But instead of doing his actual job,” said Gaetz, “they had to go create the hoax that somehow Donald Trump was compromised.”
Gaetz added, “I’ll be introducing legislation not only to see that Adam Schiff is removed from the Intel Committee but to express the Sense of Congress that he should have no access to classified information at all.”
“I’d rather give [Rep. George Santos} access to classified information than Adam Schiff,” added Gaetz, referring to the newly elected New York Republican under fire for fabricating almost his entire political résumé.
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