Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) plans to speak at a rally in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, but there's a question of what his former wingman Joel Greenberg intends to say to prosecutors in his plea agreement.
Greenberg has likely already given all of the information he has to prosecutors and investigators. The paperwork for his guilty plea is already filed, but on Monday, he'll officially plead guilty to six crimes in court. MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian quoted Gaetz at a Republican retreat over the weekend, denying that he ever took money for "naughty favors." Gaetz claimed that the real crimes are members who take favors for votes, a.k.a. earmarks.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner told MSNBC on Sunday that it was "obscene" to equate sex trafficking of a minor as nothing more than a "naughty favor." It was even worse to compare it to normal practice in government.
"That's Matt Gaetz announcing, 'Sure, you may have caught me doing all sorts of stuff wrong, but you know what, Congress does stuff wrong all the time, including earmarks,'" Kirschner said. "That could be turned on its head and viewed as an admission of guilt, but we'll have to see how the prosecutors choose to play that. It looks like based on the Greenberg plea agreement, which is something I never saw in my 30 years as a prosecutor, I think the prosecutors are going to have sort of an embarrassment of riches when it comes to criminal conduct of others."
While serving as a prosecutor, Kirschner explained that when he was working with someone who might become a cooperating witness, they would limit the immunity until it was clear what information they had.
"Everything they tell us about the criminal activity of others, we go out and investigate," he explained. "We see if we can corroborate to make sure that the aspiring cooperator is telling us the truth. And if the information is really blockbuster, for example, if that aspiring cooperator can give us significantly bigger fish on the criminal food chain, then we might make them a generous plea offer. I've never seen one quite so generous as somebody who's charged with 33 federal felony counts and he's permitted to plead guilty to just six and the prosecutors will dismiss 27 points."
He went on to say that of the 86 pages in the plea agreement, "I saw all of the receipts."
He then read a key piece of the indictment that he picked out that should "send shudders through anyone who was involved in doing dirt with Joel Greenberg.
On page 30, he explained, prosecutors wrote, "'Greenberg also introduced the minor to other adult men,' plural, 'who engaged in commercial sex acts with the minor in the middle district of Florida.'"
"Boy, it looks like they have the receipts on those other men," said Kirschner. "They haven't named them yet, but I have a feeling we're going to learn who they are very soon, and one of them may very well be Matt Gaetz."
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Taking a break from her usual trolling of Democrats on Twitter, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made a request from her followers to share their favorite verses from the Bible and -- as you can probably guess -- she was flooded with comments calling her out for her own transgressions while being urged to live the teaching of Jesus for a change.
After a simple "What's your favorite Bible verse?" ask, the gun-toting conservative lawmaker was deluged with an assortment of critical comments and creative non-Biblical responses.
@laurenboebert I don’t know why you continually set yourself up like this, but I can’t wait to see the comments 😂😂😂 https://t.co/OhwyYXVh3d— andrea (@andrea)1621189740.0
@laurenboebert "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you we… https://t.co/VGm01JqpZN— Seriously (@Seriously)1621190485.0
@laurenboebert “And thou husband’s tiny peen shall remain within thy holy zipper in the presence of minors.” Boebert 6:9— Basement Patriot (@Basement Patriot)1621190177.0
@laurenboebert Weak of the soul are those that strap weapons to their thighs.— Sal (@Sal)1621190317.0
@laurenboebert Give away your guns before you ask about the Bible— Michaela Charlesworth (@Michaela Charlesworth)1621190294.0
@laurenboebert Give onto Cesar what is Cesar's, and onto God what is God's. Conclusion: Separation of church and s… https://t.co/7UYFo98Kzv— Julian (@Julian)1621189927.0
@laurenboebert He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain… https://t.co/9NJNYBAVTr— lddangelo (@lddangelo)1621190557.0
@laurenboebert In this incredibly specific context, 1 Timothy 2:12. "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have… https://t.co/0XGsOP2IHZ— Drew Cooper (@Drew Cooper)1621189984.0
@laurenboebert I see what you’re doing here... trying to get the evangelists to donate to you, so you can grift.— H-PBR (@H-PBR)1621189870.0
@laurenboebert She needs you to tell her cuz she hasn't read it. It wasn't on the GED study guide so why waste the time reading it.— God of Libtards (@God of Libtards)1621190090.0
@laurenboebert The one that says ppl like you and trump are going to face judgement— Hot pie (@Hot pie)1621190031.0
@laurenboebert "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" is one of the Ten Commandments found in the Hebrew Bible a… https://t.co/mdNJA68mN1— Scapper 💙 (@Scapper 💙)1621189794.0
Since Lauren "La Boba" Boebert asked what's your favorite Bible quote: Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do right; seek justic… https://t.co/dzkMN1HwDi— Liberal Librarian (@Liberal Librarian)1621192589.0
Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) expressed disgust with Republican counterpart Marjorie Taylor Greene for her latest antics, calling the publicity-hungry Georgia conservative a "trainwreck" who has nothing better to do with her time in Congress.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Speier was unsparing in her criticism of the Republican who was caught harassing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) this past week.
"What do you make of the back and forth between Marjorie Taylor Greene and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?" host Witt asked. "I mean, it's been described as menacing behavior by Marjorie Taylor Greene. Is there a sense that people aren't necessarily safe when they go to work?"
"Well, I think we're all safe when we go to work," the California Democrat began. "I think Marjorie Taylor Greene is a trainwreck and she continues to want to create theater and she throws a little temper tantrum if they don't want to play with her."
"I think Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't want to play, and so that somehow made Marjorie Taylor Greene's day not complete because she didn't get the headline she wanted that she was then going to use to fundraise off of," she continued. "I mean it is a sick, sick situation when people will take action just to be able to use that little vignette to be able to raise money on it -- and that's what Marjorie Taylor Greene is doing. She has nothing else to do in Congress."
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