At least one Republican in Congress is using Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide as an excuse to end House investigations into Trump-Russian election interference.
One of Trump’s most shameless loyalists in Congress, Rep. Matt Gaetz, said on Saturday that Rep. Jerry Nadler, who leads the House Judiciary Committee, should “prioritize a Judiciary investigation into how Jeffrey Epstein died in federal custody” over the probe into the Trump-Russia scandal.
I agree @AOC.
Chairman @RepJerryNadler should prioritize a Judiciary investigation into how Jeffrey Epstein died in federal custody (in Nadler’s own neighborhood!) over the Kavanaugh confirmation (which already happened), and the Russia hoax (which never happened).
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) August 10, 2019
Gaetz’s tweet was a response to Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reacted to Epstein’s death by saying, “We need answers. Lots of them.”
Luckily, Democrats are capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.
Not only will they continue to exercise their oversight authority when it comes to this corrupt president, but as AOC noted on Saturday, they will push for answers after Epstein’s apparent suicide.
Be careful what you wish for, Republicans
It’s also important for Republicans to remember that shining the spotlight on Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operation instead of Russia might not be such a good idea if their sole intent is to protect Donald Trump (which it always is).
They should be careful what they wish for. After all, the president they bend over backward to protect is also loosely connected to the Epstein controversy.
As I noted earlier, newly unsealed documents show that Epstein even recruited one of his victims at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. And despite Trump’s attempts to distance himself from the sex trafficker, he and Epstein were shown on camera partying together and getting handsy with a bunch of young women.
Republicans are desperate to end any type of investigations into this morally bankrupt president, but urging Democrats to look into the Epstein controversy might not be the best strategy to protect Donald Trump.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.