TEN FOOT POLE: Republicans Silent On Gaetz Scandal

The Guardian reports:

The Florida Republican congressman Matt Gaetz appears increasingly politically isolated amid a spiralling scandal over a federal sex-trafficking investigation. Even for Donald Trump, one Republican political operative said, “a 10ft pole is not long enough”.

Few Republicans have rushed to offer any kind of support to Gaetz, a three-term conservative provocateur known for support of Trump, high-volume attacks, sometimes against those in his own party, and frequent media appearances.

Fox News has also stayed quiet. As Vox reported, the Gaetz affair was not mentioned on the rightwing network on Thursday, or on Friday until the news anchor Brett Baier covered the allegations on his evening show.

The Daily Beast reports:

According to two people familiar with the matter, the twice-impeached former president has closely been monitoring the scandal engulfing one of his favorite allies on Capitol Hill. The ex-president has, in his typical fashion, casually quizzed several confidants about what they think of the situation and if there’s anything that he should do about it.

The two sources said that, in all of the conversations they’re aware of, Trump has appeared to ultimately agree with the recommendations to keep quiet. One of the sources added that the former president has lamented that the whole thing seems “really bad” for Gaetz, while also mentioning that the allegations could be a “smear” against the Trump uber-loyalist.

CNN reports:

Ohio representative Jim Jordan has said that he believes Matt Gaetz, who claimed he was being extorted after it was reported that he is being investigated for allegedly having sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl.

After California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu called for Mr Gaetz to be removed from the Judiciary Committee while he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice, Mr Jordan told CNN: “I believe Matt Gaetz. He should not be removed from the Judiciary Committee.”

At this writing, only Jordan and the QAnon nutbag have publicly voiced support for Gaetz.