Congressman Has Fiery Exchange With Garland During Hearing

Holy smokes! Rep. Matt Gaetz unleashed a fiery line of questioning.

In a recent exchange, Matt Gaetz, a Florida representative, criticized Attorney General Merrick Garland for labeling Trump supporters who question the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) influence on the case against former President Donald Trump, led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, as “conspiracy theorists.” Gaetz asked Garland to provide any documents of communication between the DOJ and those prosecuting Trump, a request that Garland refused.

After Garland’s denial, Gaetz pressed him further, particularly about the role of Matthew Collangelo. Gaetz pointed out Collangelo’s career move from the DOJ in Washington D.C. to Bragg’s office, suggesting this move was orchestrated by the DOJ.

“You had no problem dispatching Matthew Collangelo,” Gaetz said.

Garland responded, “That is false.”

Gaetz countered, “He made this remarkable downstream career journey from the DOJ in Washington DC and then pops up in Alvin Bragg’s office.

What takes place below is five minutes of fire that has Garland almost quaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Garland this emotional before during a hearing.

What sparked the dust up surrounds a person named Matthew Colangelo, a senior DOJ official who left the department in 2022 to work for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

During the hearing, Attorney General Merrick Garland pushed back against Republicans who have been spreading what he called “false claims” about former President Donald Trump’s legal issues. This comes after Trump and other Republicans suggested that President Joe Biden was behind the charges against Trump in Manhattan.


During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Garland specifically called out the conspiracy theory that the Department of Justice (DOJ) controlled the state trial against Trump. Despite the fact that Colangelo left his prestigious position to head to New York city. 
Garland’s testimony comes as House Republicans are considering holding him in contempt of Congress for not providing audio from former special counsel Robert Hur’s interview with President Biden.
Garland defended his decision, saying the Republicans want the audio for “no legitimate purpose” and that making it public could harm future investigations. He stated he would not be intimidated and that the DOJ would continue to do its job free from political influence.


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