Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has been given a seat on the new House committee on the weaponization of government.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is chairing the committee, which will look into abuses of government for political purposes, something which Democrats have engaged in repeatedly in recent years.
Democrats have criticized the creation of the committee for obvious reasons.
NBC News reports:
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Rep. Matt Gaetz quietly appointed to committee investigating government ‘weaponization’
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has quietly appointed Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who led the unsuccessful push to derail McCarthy’s bid for speaker, to the select committee investigating the so-called weaponization of the federal government.
There was no announcement of Gaetz’s appointment by either McCarthy, R-Calif., or Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who chairs both the Judiciary Committee and the weaponization subcommittee.
Instead, McCarthy’s appointments to the special committee, including Gaetz, were read into the Congressional Record a week ago and only noticed by reporters on Tuesday.
Gaetz, who had been under FBI investigation of allegations of underage sex trafficking, was not part of the original slate of names McCarthy rolled out for the panel two weeks ago.
According to the select panel’s roster on its website, Gaetz replaced Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, one of the GOP holdouts who helped broker a deal with McCarthy in last month’s fight over the speaker’s gavel.
A member of the weaponization panel said Roy asked for the change because he will serve on three demanding committees — Judiciary, Budget and Rules — and has a young family at home. Panel members were told the special committee will sometimes meet late on fly-out day and require more time in Washington.
Note how NBC News describes the committee in this tweet. “So-called” weaponization of government.
Speaker McCarthy has quietly appointed Rep. Gaetz, who led the unsuccessful push to derail McCarthy’s bid for speaker, to the select committee investigating the so-called weaponization of the federal government. https://t.co/UWlKBf7S99
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 8, 2023
Gaetz will be an excellent addition to this committee.