Rep. Eric Swalwell destroys Matt Gaetz for bringing an accused assassin into the home

Rep. Eric Swalwell sued Rep. Matt Gaetz for bringing a man charged with murder into the home to say the pledge of allegiance.


Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) slams Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for bringing “someone he met at a gun club” to the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing for the pledge of allegiance to direct.

As it turns out, Gaetz’ honored guest was accused of killing a family member in April 2019.

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Schwalwell said:

I don’t think he really cares about saying the pledge of allegiance, but he wanted to do it to have the freedom to see if we would vote against it. We are not. But who did he bring here to swear allegiance? Who did he bring in here in uniform? Someone that he met a rifle club, he said, locally. OK. Mr. Cicilline had this crazy idea that maybe we should screen the people who come in here to make sure they’re not insurgents. Mr. McClintock said I’m not kidding, Mr. McClintock said well we’re not going to invite someone who has committed murder. No, he literally said that. It’s not like we’re inviting someone who has committed murder.

Who did Herr Gaetz bring with him? He brought Corey Beekman with him. Corey Beekman found himself in a standoff with Michigan police in 2019 after being arrested and charged with murder, assault with intent to murder and two counts of gun possession. The victims’ families told Mr. Gaetz that it was like being stabbed in the heart again. We were furious when we first saw it. I was disgusted with the whole thing.

So there is a trust deficit here. You pull a public stunt to try and possess the libs and what you did was you brought in a guy who allegedly shot people and killed one of them. That’s where the trust deficit lies so you can play your games and perform your stunts. We’re here to do shit.

Gaetz’s office has reached out to the family and apologized, and Rep. Gaetz said he would apologize on his podcast. Gaetz’s office also said that the staff in charge of background checks were fired because the problem was the staff, not the congressman who pulled a man accused of murder off the street to the House Judiciary Committee to lead in the oath of allegiance.

The charges against Beekman were dropped after a key witness declined to testify.

House Republicans only care about stunts and games while Democrats try to get things done. Gaetz had a very bad day in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, but the idea of ​​bringing a person accused of murder into the House of Representatives shows how reckless, irresponsible and dangerous Republicans are.

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.

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