Congressman Matt Gaetz Introduces Legislation to Defund Special Counsel Jack Smith’s Investigation
Against President Trump
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) this week introduced legislation to prohibit federal funding for the Special Counsel’s Office of John “Jack” L. Smith following the politicization of and lack of transparency in his investigation.
Rep. Gaetz’s bill would block federal funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or any funds in any trust fund of the federal government from being used for Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office and investigation. On July 18th, 2023, President Donald J. Trump released a statement indicating he is the target of the investigation by Special Counsel Smith related to January 6th. This indicates Special Counsel Smith’s office has engaged in election interference by using his investigation to go after President Trump, who public polling has indicated is the leading contender in the 2024 Republican primary for president. In addition, his office has lacked transparency, failing to answer correspondence from my office to produce specific documents related to his staff and the investigation.
“The government is being weaponized to go after President Donald J. Trump. The House of Representatives must defund Jack Smith’s office and end the witch hunt.
The power of the purse is not some intermittent thing that we wield every fiscal cycle. It's something that we have to wield day in and day out to achieve victory for our people and to stop this. I’m under no illusion that the Democrats will bring such legislation up in the Senate, but the American people deserve to know where members of Congress stand,” said Congressman Matt Gaetz.