Gaetz belittles House impeachment inquiry on fundraising call

By Jen Krausz on
 October 7, 2023

Days before Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) initiated the vote that dethroned House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), he reportedly disparaged the House impeachment inquiry as "unserious" and suggested it would not result in President Joe Biden's actual impeachment.

Gaetz and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), who worked together to remove McCarthy, said on the invitation-only Zoom fundraising call that Republican House leadership was engaging in a "forever war" of impeachment and that it wouldn't end well.

“I don’t believe that we are endeavoring upon a legitimate impeachment of Joe Biden,” Gaetz told moderator Steve Bannon.

“They’re trying to engage in a, like, ‘forever war’ of impeachment,” Gaetz went on. “And like many of our forever wars, it will drag on forever and end in a bloody draw.”

Gaetz and Rosendale are part of a small group of hardline conservatives who have great power over the House GOP because its current majority in the lower chamber is so tiny.

The candidate for speaker most likely to get their support, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), is leading the impeachment inquiry in the House.