U.S. House Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is set to introduce a resolution Tuesday to hold attorney Mark Pomerantz in contempt of Congress.
Pomerantz was subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee last month. The committee was probing into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into former President Donald Trump.
“BREAKING: Today I’m filing a resolution to hold Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz in contempt of Congress. I believe Mr. Pomerantz engaged in misconduct in his targeting of President Trump, and his refusal to answer simple questions should not go unpunished. If he fails to…”
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— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 6, 2023
Gaetz told Fox News, “He lobbied his way onto a prosecutorial team as a private lawyer. He did all he could to gaslight charges against Donald Trump. When the evidence didn’t support those charges, he initially got miffed and quit the team and wrote a book about it. Now, he has the nerve to assert his Fifth Amendment privilege over these matters when he has clearly explicitly and repeatedly waived that privilege. Contempt is proper where someone refuses to answer Congress’s questions under a frivolous assertion.”
Gaetz claimed that he expects Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will support his move to hold Pomerantz in contempt.
Before Pomerantz testified before the House Judiciary Committee he called being subpoenaed “an act of political theater.” During the testimony, Pomerantz reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment. The testimony came after his tell-all book was released titled, “People Vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account.”
Gaetz has claimed that Pomerantz waived his right to the Fifth Amendment when he told Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) the contents of his book were true.
Gatez added, “I’ve talked to a lot of my colleagues on the weaponization subcommittee, and I’ll allow them to speak for themselves, but many agree that the Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination were waived once Pomerantz defended the veracity of his book in response to questions from Congresswoman Stefanik. I mean, Pomerantz pled the fifth when we asked him if he broke any laws while participating in the Trump investigation. We deserve an answer to that question.”
We will see what happens with this resolution.