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Pence Adviser Says Matt Gaetz ‘Came Here For the Teenage Interns On Capitol Hill’ – Not To Govern

A marketing campaign adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence took a potshot at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for initiating the removing of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday.

Gaetz filed a movement to vacate the chair after McCarthy used Democratic votes to avert a authorities shutdown over the weekend. The Florida Republican has mentioned McCarthy breached the phrases of an settlement they made in January that allowed him to ascend to the speakership. Simply eight Republicans voted to take away McCarthy on Tuesday, however that was greater than sufficient with all Democrats voting to take action.

The ultimate tally was 216 to 210 in favor of removing.

Brief, who served as Pence’s chief-of-staff when he was vp, appeared on Wednesday’s installment of The Lead, the place Jake Tapper requested in regards to the uncommon dynamic.

“You understand lots of people on the Hill,” the host famous. “Is that this the way it ought to work – that one individual, Matt Gaetz, ought to have the ability to deliver a movement to vacate and eight Republicans ought to have the ability to, , unite with the minority celebration and topple the speaker?”

“No, definitely not,” Brief replied. “And I believe you noticed when Pelosi was speaker, she definitely didn’t enable that one movement to vacate inside her convention. And I believe whoever succeeds Kevin will ensure that that rule is modified. I don’t suppose that’s the way in which it’s. However to be truthful, it was negotiated by Kevin when he grew to become speaker again in January. It was the situation to get a number of the members to help him. However I don’t suppose it’s a wholesome course of, Jake.”

Later within the interview, Brief took intention at Gaetz.

“However the individuals who have been masquerading as fiscal conservatives actually, actually aren’t, Jake,” Brief added. “I imply, Matt Gaetz, to say he got here as a fiscal crusader, it’s extra seemingly he got here right here for the teenage interns on Capitol Hill, to be trustworthy. Look, he’s voted for persevering with resolutions. He’s voted for omnibus payments. He voted for trillions of {dollars} in Covid spending. Even this yr, he put ahead an earmark, and but he’s offered himself as, ‘I’m doing to do that for the fiscal advantage of the nation.’  That’s not trustworthy. The man simply has a distaste for Kevin and used the principles to dethrone him.”

Gaetz was the topic of a Division of Justice investigation analyzing whether or not the congressman had sexual relations with a minor. That probe concluded with none prices being filed.

Watch above through CNN.

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