Rep. Gaetz: ‘Money Was Paid to People to Collect Intelligence on the Trump Campaign’

Jonathan Mizrahi | July 27, 2018 | 12:23pm EDT
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)

( – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is hiding the fact that “money was paid to people to collect intelligence on the Trump campaign,” said House Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Friday.

“I believe money was paid to people to collect intelligence on the Trump campaign,” said Gaetz during an interview with host Bill Hemmer on FNC’s America’s Newsroom.

“That crosses a line in this country,” he said.  “When you’ve got folks that are collecting intelligence not as a consequence of a true investigative basis, but based on instead this dirty dossier, this DNC information, and then going and spying on a rival political campaign.”

Gaetz continued,  “I think that the records we’re asking [for] will evidence that, and I would love to be proven wrong, I would love to know that that didn’t happen in this country.  But I’ve got suspicion that it did.”

On Thursday, Representatives Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the DOJ’s ongoing delays and failure to comply with House oversight and subpoenaed documents.

“The documents we often get are months late, they’re redacted -- not with information that’s sensitive for national security, but just stuff that’s embarrassing to the FBI -- things like personal relationships with judges or the cost of furniture in their offices,” said Gatez.

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general of the
United States. (YouTube)

“And I don’t think that there is anything that could be less cooperative than having the deputy attorney general of the United States sign a FISA warrant -- that he wouldn’t even tell us if he read [it] -- to spy on people that were associated with the Trump campaign based on opposition research form the Democratic Party,” said the Florida congressman.

Although the Congress is going into recess now, when they are back in session, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and Gaetz will push for a vote to impeach Rod Rosenstein, said Gaetz,  providing he has not handed over the documents requested by that point.

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