Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz showed up unannounced to the jail where several Capitol riot suspects are being held and were turned away. They’re now accusing DC authorities of ‘hiding something.’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louie Gohmert, and Bob Good listen during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol July 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Republican legislators discussed their visit to a DC correction facility where January 6th Capitol riot suspects are being held.

  • Greene and Gaetz visited the DC Department of Corrections on Thursday.
  • They asked to tour the facility with a camera crew and see the Capitol riot suspects, but were not let in.
  • The lawmakers spoke up for the January 6 riot defendants earlier this week at a press conference, but that was cut short when protesters gatecrashed it.
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Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Louie Gohmert attempted to visit the January 6 Capitol riot suspects at the DC Department of Corrections on Thursday but were turned away. They then held a press conference with Virginia Rep. Bob Good, saying that they were “concerned” about the detainees’ treatment.

Gaetz on Thursday tweeted a video of himself being locked out of the Department of Corrections.

“The door’s locked and we’re just here to ask questions and now they’ve locked the door and not given us access,” Gaetz said in the video.

Greene, Gaetz, and Gohmert were seen in another video speaking to an officer outside the detention center. They were told by corrections officers that they were obstructing the entrance to the facility.

Greene and Gaetz also spoke to members of the press after they visited the facility.

“We suspect there is a two-tier justice system in the United States, for Trump supporters that are charged for January 6, and catch-and-release for Antifa and BLM rioters that have rioted and destroyed cities,” Greene said.

“We showed up at the facility and sought a tour,” Gaetz said, adding that he wants to know “what (Attorney General) Merrick Garland is hiding.”

“We are not members of Congress who will go away … If you believe you are mistreated, targeted, abused, or singled out as part of your politics and your lawful activity, know this – we will continue to fight for you,” Gaetz said.

The Department of Corrections told The Hill in a statement that the lawmakers were turned away because they showed up at the facility “unannounced with an unauthorized camera crew requesting a facility tour.”

“All visitors, which includes family members of residents, attorneys, and public officials, must adhere to the rules and procedures of the DOC,” the statement added.

On Tuesday, the lawmakers held another press conference outside the Department of Justice at the same time four Capitol police officers testified in front of the House Select Committee to examine the events of Jan. 6.

Outside the DOJ, the lawmakers addressed claims made by individuals charged in connection with the January 6 riot – who they called “political prisoners” – that they were beaten by guards and put in solitary confinement.

However, the Tuesday news conference was gatecrashed by a small group of protesters waving signs calling the lawmakers “traitors,” “rapists,” and “pedophiles,” the last of which is likely a reference to an ongoing DOJ investigation into whether Gaetz had sex with a minor. Gaetz has denied these allegations.

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Matt Gaetz’s future sister-in-law called him ‘weird and creepy’ and said he pressured an older man to date her when she was 19

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Rep. Matt Gaetz and his fiancée, Ginger Luckey.

  • The sister of Gaetz’s fiancée posted TikToks this week calling the congressman “weird and creepy.”
  • Roxanne Luckey said Gaetz pushed an older friend to ask her out when she was 19.
  • Luckey also said she was “not surprised” to learn Gaetz was facing a sex-trafficking investigation.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz’s future sister-in-law has blasted the Florida congressman’s “weird and creepy” behavior on TikTok as the FBI and Justice Department continue to probe whether he broke sex-trafficking laws and had sexual relations with a minor.

Roxanne Luckey, 20, is the younger sister of Ginger Luckey, Gaetz’s fiancée. Roxanne’s TikTok account has since been taken private, but Insider viewed recordings on Twitter and YouTube.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, Ginger Luckey said her sister had a history of “destructive behavior.” Gaetz, Roxanne Luckey, and Ginger Luckey did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

What the videos say

In her first video, posted Sunday, Roxanne Luckey showed a New York Times article, which said the DOJ was investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. (The congressman has denied any wrongdoing.)

The caption of the video read: “When a creepy old man tries to hit on you at the bar but your sisters engaged to a literal pedophile.”

In a Monday post, Luckey said Gaetz pressured his friend to date her last summer, when she was 19 and already in a relationship. She described the friend as being a divorced father “around Matt’s age,” 39.

“This guy kept telling me like: ‘Oh, Matt told me I should ask you out, that we would be great together.’ And I would just make jokes like: ‘Haha, I’m 19, like, that’s weird,'” Luckey said.

Luckey said the friend went on to say “creepy things,” like: “When you break up with your boyfriend let me know, so you can have a real man.'”

Luckey said the friend later apologized, saying he asked her out “to get Matt off my back.”

Luckey said when she confronted Gaetz at Thanksgiving, he “started yelling at me and my mom.”

“He called me a narcissist, was just 1,000% gaslighting me … He went full lawyer on me, like, ‘I don’t have to listen to you, I don’t have to answer your questions.'”

Luckey said after that episode, she was “unfortunately not surprised” to learn Gaetz was facing a sex-trafficking investigation.

She also said she should have used the term “ephebophile” – a person attracted to mid- to late-adolescents – to describe Gaetz instead of “pedophile,” a person attracted to pre-pubescent children.

Luckey said she recorded the videos to hold politicians accountable

“As someone who has personally experienced a ton of creepy old politician men hitting on me when I was underage and experiencing sexual assault at that age by people of power, it’s just very disheartening,” she said in the Monday video.

“While that little video I made was such a minuscule thing, and I know does not properly bring to light the whole situation, if I can just bring some attention to it … and people can be held accountable, that’s my goal.”

When reached for comment by The Daily Beast, Ginger Luckey said: “Matt and I are enjoying our engagement and are deeply in love. My estranged sister is mentally unwell.”

“She has been in therapy for years and our family hopes that after receiving in-patient mental health treatment, she will overcome the tendency she has repeatedly shown to engage in destructive behavior.”

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After three California venues refused to host Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘America First’ event, the duo held a ‘protest’ instead

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  • Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz are in California for their “America First” tour stop.
  • Three event venues in Southern California canceled hosting the event.
  • Greene and Gaetz had a “Freedom of Speech Peaceful Protest” at Riverside City Hall instead.
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Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz held a “Freedom of Speech Peaceful Protest” in Riverside, California on Saturday evening after three event venues refused to host them.

The Republican lawmakers were in Southern California for their “America First” tour stop. The Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center, a hotel in Laguna Hills, California, was initially slated to host the event, but canceled a week before when they realized who the speakers were, saying they “just want to stay clear of that.”

The Riverside Convention Center was then tapped to host but canceled 24 hours before the event after receiving backlash from the community.

Finally, the Anaheim Event Center in Orange County canceled its last-minute plan to host the tour stop over general security concerns, city spokesperson Mike Lyster told Insider on Saturday.

Read more: A key fundraising group for Republican women is shunning Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, calling them ‘carnival barkers’

Lyster said the city had several other events already going on. “Those require public safety attention and resources,” he said. “This event layered on top of that would have strained resources.”

In a statement provided to Insider, Greene’s office said Greene and Gaetz would be hosting a protest at the Riverside City Hall at 5 p.m. instead of the planned event at a venue.

“Over the past week, I’ve seen the Communist left in California use threats of violence, intimidation, and harassment to bully business owners into submission, forcing them to cancel peaceful gatherings of Americans,” Greene said.

She then blasted cancel culture, saying that she has experienced it firsthand in Congress and in California, “where the left uses tactics similar to those employed by tyrannical governments throughout history who want to totally silence their political opponents.”

Greene has been a controversial figure since joining Congress in January. She was stripped of her House committee assignments in February over posts she made online promoting conspiracy theories and endorsing political violence.

Gaetz also spoke out against the events being canceled, tweeting, “The Woketopians are this scared of a dose of #AmericaFirst in California.”

A spokesperson for Gaetz did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The protest was streamed live by the right-wing outlet RSBN. Greene and Gaetz arrived shortly after the event began and led the crowd in a “USA” chant.

They each spoke for about five minutes. Greene told the crowd the “radical left wants to cancel you” but that she and Gaetz “refuse to be canceled because we won’t let you be canceled.”

She also praised former President Donald Trump’s “America First policies.”

Both lawmakers spoke out against their venue event being canceled, with Gaetz saying “we will not be silenced and we will not be shutdown.”

“You’ve proven they can’t cancel these Congress members and they can’t cancel this rally and they can never cancel the America First political movement,” he said.

Greene and Gaetz left less than 15 minutes after they arrived.

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A third California venue has nixed Matt Gaetz’ and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘America First’ tour stop

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.

  • A third venue has canceled Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “America First” event in California.
  • A spokesperson for the city of Anaheim said the event venue decided to scrub the event over safety concerns.
  • Last week a hotel declined to host the event and a convention center in Riverside canceled the event on Friday.
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A third event venue has canceled GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz’s “America First” tour stop in Southern California.

The Anaheim Event Center in Orange County on Saturday canceled its last-minute plan to host the Southern California tour stop, citing general security concerns, according to city spokesperson Mike Lyster.

While the venue is privately owned, Lyster said the decision with the venue’s owner was reached after the city expressed concerns over general public safety.

“We are a city that is known for hosting events, but our challenge is that today with our economy back open, we actually have several events throughout the city,” Lyster told Insider on Saturday. “Those require public safety attention and resources.

“This event layered on top of that would have strained resources,” he added. Now, of course, we would’ve handled that, but it would’ve come at a very significant expense to our city.”

The tour by two of the most polarizing members of Congress aims to attack Democrats and also Republicans who they believe aren’t loyal to former President Donald Trump. Gaetz has also been embroiled in controversy after reports surfaced in late March that the third-term congressman was under investigation for sex trafficking. Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.

Lyster said the city learned of the plan to hold the “American First” event in Anaheim late Friday.

Lyster said the event would’ve required the city to work with the county sheriff’s office and with the neighboring police agencies to provide the needed security.

“All of that comes at a significant cost given all the other events we have going on in our city,” he said.

The tour stop had originally been planned for a hotel in Laguna Hills, but that hotel last week canceled the event when its management learned that the controversial Republican lawmakers were the featured speakers. The Riverside Convention Center in Riverside was selected as the new location for the event, but it on Friday backed out of the event following community backlash.

Representatives for the Anaheim Event Center, Gaetz, and Greene did not return Insider’s request for comment Saturday. It’s not clear whether the event will continue at another venue.

“Democrats are the party of hate,” Greene tweeted Saturday before the third venue canceled the event. “They organized to attack, threaten, & harass every venue we booked in CA to hold an America First rally, which celebrates our great country & freedoms. They think their vicious hate will stop me, but I never give up. See you at the rally tonight!

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A second California venue refused to host Matt Gaetz’ and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘America First’ tour

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Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene

  • A convention center in Riverside, California, has refused to host Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz’ “America First” event.
  • The decision was made by a private company that operates the venue, the Riverside mayor said.
  • A hotel last week said it wouldn’t host the event once it realized that Gaetz and Greene were the featured speakers.
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A convention center in Riverside, California, announced it would not host GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz after it received backlash in the latest blow to the lawmakers’ “America First” tour.

The event was scheduled to take place Saturday evening at the Riverside Convention Center but was canceled by Raincross Hospitality Corp., the private company that manages and operates the venue, just 24 hours before it was scheduled to take place, according to a press release from the office of Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson.

“I recognize this was a divisive issue in our community, and I am glad it has been resolved,” Dawson said in the statement. “I commend Raincross Hospitality Corp. for this decision.”

“Riverside is a diverse and inclusive community, so it is heartening to hear that this event will not move forward,” said Riverside Mayor Pro Tem Gaby Plascencia. “I am disappointed we even got to this point, because these speakers are the antithesis of everything Riverside stands for.”

The tour by two of the most polarizing members of Congress aims to attack Democrats and also Republicans who they believe aren’t loyal to former President Donald Trump. Gaetz has also been embroiled in controversy after reports surfaced in late March that the third-term congressman was under investigation for sex trafficking. Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.

The decision to cancel the event at the Riverside Convention Center followed a decision by a Laguna Hills, California, hotel last week to cancel the “America First” event after it learned that Gaetz and Greene were the featured speakers. The hotel manager said it previously believed the event to be a “gathering,” according to the Orange County Register.

“We just want to stay clear of that,” the hotel manager told the outlet.

Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, and Greene, a Republican from Georgia, plan to go ahead with the event, hosting it at the Anaheim Event Center in Orange County, closer to the initial venue, according to a report from CBS Los Angeles.

Representatives for Gaetz, Greene, the Riverside Convention Center, and the Anaheim Event Center did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment Saturday

“Democrats are the party of hate,” Greene said in a tweet Saturday morning. “They organized to attack, threaten, & harass every venue we booked in CA to hold an America First rally, which celebrates our great country & freedoms. They think their vicious hate will stop me, but I never give up. See you at the rally tonight!”

“The Woketopians are this scared of a dose of #AmericaFirst in California,” Gaetz said in a tweet on Saturday morning. “Rally still happening today!”

The two controversial House Republicans embarked on their “America First” tour earlier this year, Insider previously reported. It began in a conservative Florida retirement community known as The Villages.

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Matt Gaetz’s campaign paid $25K to a Manhattan criminal defense lawyer who represented Jeffrey Epstein, new records show

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Rep. Matt Gaetz’s campaign paid a criminal defense attorney in June for “legal consulting.”

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz paid a criminal defense attorney $25K as he faced a sex trafficking investigation.
  • The attorney has represented Jeffrey Epstein and alleged crime bosses.
  • Gaetz also paid a campaign consulting firm $825,000 as he faced a barrage of press scrutiny.
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Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz’s congressional campaign paid $25,000 in June for “legal consulting” fees to a Manhattan criminal defense attorney, new campaign finance records show.

Gaetz’s latest filing shows that he paid the sum to attorney Marc Fernich, who lists among his “notable clients” the accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, and convicted crime family boss John “Junior” Gotti.

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Screenshot from Rep. Matt Gaetz’s campaign finance report.

The legal payments from Gaetz’s campaign came after reports surfaced in late March that the third-term congressman was under investigation for sex trafficking. The New York Times reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him. Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.

Fernich’s practice, according to his website, “centers on criminal defense, mainly sophisticated appeals and legal motions that can toss charges at the trial level or pave the way for future appeals.”

The Florida congressman’s campaign also spent $25,000 for “legal consulting” from the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, the filings show.

And Gaetz’s campaign paid a whopping $825,000 to the Logan Circle Group for advertising and “strategic campaign consulting” between April 8 and May 14, the records show. Harlan Hill, the president of the DC-based Logan Circle Group and an ally of former President Donald Trump, has been responding to reporters’ inquiries about Gaetz since the scandal broke in the spring.

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Screenshot of Rep. Matt Gaetz’s campaign finance report.

One of Hill’s colleagues at the firm threatened at least two reporters with lawsuits over their coverage of Gaetz, Politico reported in April.

Gaetz’s office, Hill, and Fernich’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment about his campaign spending, which was made public Thursday in a filing to the Federal Election Commission. Members of Congress are required under federal law to report their campaign expenditures.

The congressman’s campaign also reported paying $800 in meal and parking expenses at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, in May.

Gaetz’s latest financial spending report covers the time period between April 1 and June 30.

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A California hotel booted an ‘America First’ event when it found out Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were the featured speakers

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A hotel in Laguna Hills, California, canceled a July 17 event after it realized it was hosted by GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Orange County Register reported.

The staff at the Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center on Moulton Parkway believed they were hosting a “gathering,” Javad Mirtavoosi, the hotel’s general manager, told the Orange County Register. Instead, they were hosting one of Gaetz and Greene’s “America First” rallies, according to the report.

“As soon as we found out who the speakers were we immediately canceled it,” Mirtavoosi told the outlet. The manager declined to tell the outlet whether political differences were responsible for the venue canceling the event.

“We just want to stay clear of that,” he told the outlet.

Greene, a Republican from Georgia, and Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, are still selling tickets and plan to host the event elsewhere on the same day, according to the report.

“Although the accounting of the venue cancellation is totally inaccurate, we’re very close to securing a location that will proudly host our America First Rally with Congresswoman Greene and Congressman Gaetz,” a spokesperson for Greene told Insider.

Representatives for Gaetz did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment Saturday.

The two controversial House Republicans embarked on their “America First” tour earlier this year, Insider previously reported. It began in a conservative Florida retirement community known as The Villages.

At a May 22 event in Dalton, Georgia, a Democrat who says he plans to challenge Greene in the 2022 midterms was reportedly kicked out of the “America First” rally.

At another recent rally, Greene, who has come under fire for her repeated references and comparisons to the Holocaust, tore into her political opponents, called an openly gay congressman “Mussolini,” and called for a Black member of Congress to be expelled, according to a USA Today report.

“These women are a disgrace,” Greene said of her frequent targets, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, according to USA Today.

“The radical left is coming for you. And they know I’m in the way. Come stand with me as we fight back together against this radical president and his far-left agenda,” Gaetz said in a radio ad for the tour, first reported by Politico.

Gaetz, also an outspoken conservative and ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, is currently under investigation by the FBI over allegations he was involved in sex trafficking with a former tax official.

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Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg requested for his sentencing to be pushed back by 90 days so he can continue to help prosecutors out

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Joel Greenberg as pictured on Seminole County’s website. He served as a tax collector in the county before his indictment in 2020

  • Joel Greenberg, a long-time Gaetz associate, is requesting for his sentencing date to be pushed back by 90 days.
  • Greenberg pleaded guilty in May to six criminal charges, including sex trafficking.
  • He is now asking for more time to cooperate with prosecutors before his August 19 sentencing.
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Joel Greenberg, a long-time associate of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, is asking for more time before his sentencing so he can finish passing information to federal prosecutors.

Greenberg, a former tax collector in Seminole County, Florida, asked in a court motion for his August 19 sentencing date to be pushed back by 90 days because his collaborations with prosecutors have not been wrapped up yet.

“Mr. Greenberg has been cooperating with the government and has participated in a series of proffers. Said cooperation, which could impact his ultimate sentence, cannot be completed prior to the time of his sentencing,” wrote Greenberg’s lawyer Fritz Scheller, in the motion filed on July 6.

“The parties expect that Mr. Greenberg will participate in additional proffers, and a continuance would provide Mr. Greenberg with additional time to do so prior to his sentencing,” Scheller added.

Insider has reached out to Scheller for further comment.

Per the motion, Greenberg’s request to delay his sentencing date was unopposed by the case’s prosecutors.

Greenberg pleaded guilty on May 17 to six criminal charges, including sex trafficking, wire fraud, identity theft, stalking, and conspiracy, per Insider’s Sonam Sheth.

The motion filed on July 6 indicates that Greenberg faces a jail term of at least 12 years for these charges.

Greenberg is now cooperating with the authorities on multiple cases, and Scheller also teased that his client had information that could “hurt an elected official.”

Rumors have swirled that Gaetz might be implicated in the Greenberg investigations. This speculation intensified particularly after it came to light that the Florida lawmaker sent multiple amounts of cash via Venmo to Greenberg, one of which was labeled with a “love hotel emoji.” Greenberg then sent the cash payments on to young women with labels like “Ass,” “Stuff,” “Tuition,” and “School.”

Gaetz himself is being probed by the FBI and the Department of Justice on whether he broke sex trafficking laws and had sexual relations with a minor. The congressman has denied all wrongdoing.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz promises a crowd he’ll nominate Donald Trump for House Speaker

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington.

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz told a crowd on Saturday that he intends to nominate former President Donald Trump to the House Speaker role in 2022.
  • After his presidency ended, Trump has publicly entertained the idea of becoming House Speaker.
  • GOP lawmakers are strategizing ways to keep Trump involved in the Republican Party.
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on Saturday told a crowd of Trump supporters that he’ll nominate the former president to the House Speaker role.

“After the next election cycle when we take back the House of Representatives, when we send [current Speaker] Nancy Pelosi back to the filth of San Francisco, my commitment to you is that my vote for Speaker of the US House of Representatives will go to Donald J. Trump,” Gaetz, a Republican representative from Florida, promised at a Trump rally in Sarasota, Florida.

Thousands of Trump supporters gathered on Saturday for the “Save America” rally to celebrate Independence Day.

Trump last month said he would be interested in running for a House seat in 2022, with the goal of becoming Speaker and launching an impeachment inquiry into now President Joe Biden.

To become Speaker of the House, Trump would not be required to win a congressional seat. The Constitution does not require the speaker to be an incumbent member of the House of Representatives, although every speaker thus far has been.

He would, however, have to flip the House of Representatives and win the support of Republican lawmakers.

Since Biden’s certification in January, GOP lawmakers have said they expect Trump to continue to be involved in the landscape of Republican politics.

In February, Sen. Lindsey Graham said he planned to leverage Trump’s influence to ensure that the Republican party takes back the House and Senate in 2022. In an interview with Politico, Graham said he’d meet with Trump to discuss the future of the GOP and his role in it.

Last month, Sen. Rob Portman characterized Trump as “definitely the leader” of the Republican Party.

Trump is also mulling another run for president. He told associates he plans to run again in 2024 if he is healthy enough, Insider reported in late May.

Insider’s Joshua Zitser contributed to this report.

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Matt Gaetz asked Britney Spears to speak to Congress about how she’s been ‘mistreated by America’s legal system’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz and other GOP lawmakers are inviting singer Britney Spears to testify in Congress.

  • Florida lawmaker Matt Gaetz penned a letter to singer Britney Spears inviting her to testify in Congress.
  • “You have been mistreated by America’s legal system. We want to help,” Gaetz wrote.
  • The letter was also signed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and other GOP lawmakers.
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has extended an invitation to singer Britney Spears to testify in Congress about her conservatorship battle and to tell the tale of how her “life, liberty, and happiness” was taken from her.

Penning a letter co-signed by other GOP lawmakers, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Utah Rep. Burgess Owens, and Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, Gaetz invited Spears to tell her story in Congress.

“You have been mistreated by America’s legal system. We want to help. The United States Congress should hear your story and be inspired to bipartisan action,” Gaetz wrote. “What happened to you should never happen to any other American. Congress can make things better, and you can inform our policy decisions. If you will speak to Congress, we are ready to listen.”

“The federal courthouse door was closed to you and too many Americans,” Gaetz continued, noting that Spears could give “hope to millions” by talking about her struggles.

“Please take advantage of the empowerment that public congressional testimony can unlock,” he added in the letter.

There has been an outpouring of support for Spears after she addressed a Los Angeles Court on June 24 in a plea to end her legal guardianship. Speaking for around 24 minutes, Spears described the controls the conservatorship imposed on her life, including being unable to remove an IUD implanted in her body.

On July 1, a judge denied Spears’ request to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from her conservatorship. However, Bessemer Trust, the wealth-management firm acting as the co-conservator of Spears’ estate, asked on Thursday to withdraw from the guardianship arrangement in light of the star’s testimony.

Spears has now found another ardent champion in Gaetz, who seems intent on having her speak in the House. In a further attempt to get his message about Spears out, Gaetz went on conservative news network OAN on June 30 to say that “Britney Spears wants to tell her story.”

“She’s not someone who wants to just crawl under a rug and pretend this didn’t happen. She wants accountability and justice, and I can think of no better place than the United States Congress to really tackle this problem and bring people together from all sides of politics to solve it,” Gaetz said in his interview with OAN.

Gaetz has attempted to champion the “Free Britney” movement in the past. In March of this year, he called for a hearing on court-ordered conservatorships with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

Gaetz is the subject of an ongoing investigation into whether the Florida politician paid underage girls for sex.

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