Gaetz blasts DOJ’s inaction following apparent death threat: ‘I think someone may be trying to kill me’

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a speech on the House floor Wednesday that he believes “someone may be trying to kill” him.

“I thank the gentleman for yielding because I think someone may be trying to kill me. And if they are successful, I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest,” Gaetz said to open his talk, according to a report from the Washington Examiner.

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Gaetz went on to provide the details. “Madam Speaker, on October 8, 2021, a Twitter handle, styled ‘CIA Bob is at your door,’ tweeted to @RepMattGaetz, ‘Looky here, pal. I lived in Portland. Portland has ordered a hit on you. I accepted the contract. Have a good day,’” the congressman explained.

“Following this tweet, this individual traveled to Washington, D.C., and the Capitol Police recommended his arrest,” Gaetz said.

“That’s information that was just shared with me by the investigations and threat assessment section of the Protective Services Bureau,” he added, “and specifically, George Decesso. And George shared with me that the Capitol Police recommended the arrest of this individual and that the Department of Justice refused to do so, declined to do so.”

Watch the congressman’s speech below.

Double standards

Gaetz also took the opportunity Wednesday to blast the double standard he feels is working against him as a conservative in Washington.

“On the eve of the attorney general testifying before the Judiciary Committee tomorrow, it is just yet another example of the Department of Justice having a double standard,” the Florida Republican said on the House floor, according to the Examiner.

“If my name weren’t Gaetz, if it were Omar or Tlaib, you bet this person would have been arrested because that’s what the Capitol Police recommended,” he added. “But the Department of Justice doesn’t seem to care so much when it’s Republicans.”

According to The New York Times, Gaetz himself has been under federal investigation for months over allegations stemming from an investigation into sex trafficking.

The congressman and ally of former President Donald Trump has denied any and all claims of wrongdoing.

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