In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s indictment on Tuesday by special counsel Jack Smith, Republican Representatives Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are intensifying their efforts to defund Smith’s office. Trump’s indictment, which came after days of speculation, charged him with four counts related to his attempts to retain power following the 2020 election.
Shortly after Trump revealed that he was a target of the investigation, Gaetz, a staunch Trump supporter, introduced a bill aimed at cutting federal funding for Smith’s office. On Tuesday, as news of Trump’s indictment broke, Gaetz took to social media, writing on X (formerly known as Twitter), “DEFUND JACK SMITH’S WITCH HUNT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP!”
Greene, another vocal ally of Trump, echoed Gaetz’s sentiments. She too tweeted on X just before the indictment was handed down, “I will not fund Jack Smith’s special counsel.” Additionally, Greene announced her intent to utilize the Holman rule, which allows lawmakers to propose amendments to appropriations bills that would cut the salaries of specific federal workers down to $1, effectively defunding their positions.
In her tweet, Greene criticized Smith’s performance as an attorney, claiming he had numerous failures in his career and was now abusing the power of the special counsel and the Department of Justice. She asserted Trump’s innocence and called for an end to what she referred to as “witch hunts.”
Rep. Matt Rosendale, a co-sponsor of Gaetz’s bill, also joined the chorus of voices demanding the defunding of Smith’s office. He accused Biden’s Department of Justice of orchestrating another “sham indictment” and claimed it was a ploy by the Left to manipulate the elections. Rosendale urged his colleagues in both the House and Senate to support Gaetz’s bill to stop what he perceives as a witch hunt.
The indictment brought against Trump includes charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. Trump is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
This indictment marks the third time Trump has faced legal action this year. Earlier, he was charged in Manhattan in connection with an alleged hush money scheme and also faced another probe led by Smith that focused on his handling of classified documents. Throughout these legal battles, Trump has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The calls from Reps. Gaetz, Greene, and Rosendale to defund the special counsel’s office highlight the deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats over the investigations surrounding the former president. The ongoing debate over the role of the special counsel and the use of taxpayer funds for such investigations remains a contentious issue in the political landscape.
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