Matt Gaetz: DOJ Investigating 'Corruption' Between FBI and Media
Lawmaker asserts Federal officials were given gifts in return for information
Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz has suggested that the Department of Justice Inspector General is investigating allegations of "corruption" between the FBI and the mainstream media.
During a weekend interview, Gaetz speculates that details will soon be released to the public, saying: “the Inspector General is [investigating] the corruption that existed between the media and members of the FBI.”
The Florida congressman asserted that “members of the mainstream media were giving concert passes, athletic tickets, and other incentives to people in the FBI to leak to them.”
An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, Gaetz has frequently criticized the 22-month-long Mueller investigation, and has demanded a probe into its origins following its anticlimactic conclusion.
Recently, the FBI has drawn mounting criticism from Republicans for its apparent relationship with members of the press, with DOJ IG Michael Horowitz launching his investigation into the allegations in 2018.
During an interview on Fox News late Saturday, the Florida Republican said the Justice Department inspector general is examining the FBI’s relationship with some members of the press.
But, he said some of this information will be made public before the watchdog report’s release.
“One of the other nuggets that the inspector general is working on is the corruption that existed between the media and members of the FBI,” Gaetz said.
“Where members of the mainstream media were giving concert passes and athletic tickets and other incentives to people in the FBI to leak to them so we’ll be seeing that even before we see the inspector general’s report on how this fraudulent investigation began.”
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced the initiation of a FISA abuse investigation in March 2018 after requests from both then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Republican members in Congress.
He is expected to wrap up by May or June.
It’s unclear where Gaetz may have gotten his information.
His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, his fellow GOP colleagues Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan recently said they discussed the FISA investigation with Horowitz.
The lawmakers claimed the Justice Department and FBI had abused the FISA process and misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in their investigation and surveillance of President Trump and his associates during the campaign, as well as during the Trump administration.
Gaetz questioned the veracity of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, noting how he cited media reports “as if they’re gospel when they clearly are not.”