A new report says that then-Attorney General Bill Barr flew into a fit of rage after it was revealed to him that Representative Matt Gaetz had stepped in an interfered with a DOJ investigation. But it isn’t THAT investigation, it was an inflated voter fraud investigation that Trump wanted to happen in the state of Florida to pave the path for his bogus claims of voter fraud. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what happened in this scenario.


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Matt Gaetz apparently interfered with an investigation by the US department of justice last year. And believe it or not folks, it’s actually not the current investigation that has roped Matt Gaetz in. No, this was a completely separate event brought by US attorney, Larry Keefe and Larry Keefe is a US attorney of course, appointed by Donald Trump. And what Mr. Keefe wanted to do was he wanted to open up an investigation, a DOJ investigation here in the state of Florida to root out voter fraud following the election. Right? Because that’s all conservatives knew how to do to deal with their losses rather than accept the fact that people rejected them. So he goes to the DOJ and says, I’m going to open up this investigation. DOJ’s office of public integrity said, yeah. I mean, the scope of your investigation is a little too broad.

Uh, we’re not sure you can really do what you’re wanting to do. So US attorney Keefe had nowhere else to turn. Didn’t know what to do. He wanted to appease Donald Trump. So according to reports, he approached Matt Gaetz and said, Matt body, what can you do? Can you go talk to Trump to talk to the DOJ? And Matt said, don’t worry. I got your back. So Matt Gaetz, admittedly, he says he did this. He did go and talk to Donald Trump. And he said, Donnie, the DOJ is not letting him investigate. You need to do something. Go tell them he can investigate. And when Bill Barr, who was then the attorney general found out about this, he approached US attorney Keefe and he said, if I ever hear of you talking to Gaetz or any other congressmen again about business before the department, I am going to effing fire your. I’m want to read that again. I like that. If I ever hear of you talking to Gaetz or any other congressmen again about business before the department, I am going to effing fire your.

That’s a fun quote, right? Here’s the thing, Matt Gaetz acting in pure little frat boy, I always have to have my way fashion, went and told daddy Donald that the US attorney wasn’t getting his way because Bill Barr’s DOJ says they’re too broad in scope. Like that’s it. They didn’t even say, by the way, that you couldn’t conduct this investigation. They said, hey, you’re a little too broad in scope. I mean, that’s how, that’s the phrase, broad in scope. Maybe narrow it down a bit instead of going on a fishing expedition, which is what this was. They didn’t have any evidence. They wanted to get authority to go maybe try to whatever. Which isn’t, by the way, how it works. You, you typically come with evidence saying, hey, we have evidence here that suggests there could be fraud. Can we investigate? The DOJ is like, oh, hell yeah, go for that.

Um, but he didn’t do that. He said, look, I think there could have been bad things here in Florida. And that’s it. But he didn’t do that. He didn’t do it the right way. Keefe wanted to appease Donald Trump and when he didn’t get his way, he went to another guy who knows how to appease Donald Trump. And then Bill Barr got. This entire department of justice under Donald Trump was one giant cluster F to put it gently. But at least we also know now that Matt Gaetz isn’t a stranger to asking people with more authority to interfere with the department of justice. Wonder how that’s going to play out for him in the current investigations.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced