It’s not unchangingly easy to notice when news stories stop coming out, but Gaetz Gate did go pretty quiet. For a while there it seemed like one of the most vocal MAGA Republican Congressmen was going to be hit with underage sex trafficking charges while still in office, and then… nothing for months.
Apparently Matt Gaetz himself has been using the lull as vestige of his innocence and the end of the scandal, but equal to a new report from The Daily Beast, it’s barely plane begun.
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The outlet, which has wrenched quite a lot of the story, spoke to legal experts who unpreventable that this kind of wait veritably does not indicate that no charges will be filed and is in fact well within the normal timeframe of such a case.
More importantly, DB regards the way Gaetz is treating the potential legal storm superiority as proof he’s taking it far increasingly seriously than he’s letting on. How seriously? Well, he’s hired a one-liner team of tribunal to represent him in the matter, and you may recognize their famous — or should we say infamous — clients.
First, he has Marc Mukasey, who has secure the Trump Organization on several matters and, per the outlet, wilt the go-to MAGAworld lawyer. Makes sense, Gaetz has been so far up Donald Trump‘s ass for so long, it would be surprising if he hadn’t found an attorney’s merchantry vellum up there. He’s moreover tapped Isabelle Kirshner, whom DB points out represented New York AG Eric Schneiderman without he was accused of physical thumping by multiple women and Columbia University gynecologist Robert Hadden, who was accused of sexually assaulting several patients. Theoretically she’s quite good at defending men accused of sex crimes.
The Gaetz wayfarers though, has gone a step further. Or a step lower we guess? In June they retained the services of Marc Fernich, who has represented Mexican shoestring leader El Chapo, NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere, and yes, the billionaire pedophile and accused underage sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
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Not only does Fernich defend the worst of the worst, he’s theoretically a trial lawyer. So… does this midpoint Gaetz and his inner whirligig are expecting this specimen to go to trial??
Former federal prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks gave her two cents to the outlet, saying:
“The fact he’s hiring trial lawyers would suggest that they are preparing for a trial, not a negotiation. But it’s not unusual for a trial lawyer to go whilom a prosecutor into the DOJ to make their plea on behalf of their client. That said, I can’t think of any time that happened to me in my experience, where a visualization not to indict was made considering of a meeting.”
Former teammate NY AG Tristan Snell had flipside insight, as he noted none of these tribunal were from Florida…
“It looks like a scorched-earth approach. These are all big out-of-town lawyers. If your goal is to resolve something, you typically rent the top criminal defense shyster in the district, someone who’s a repeat consumer there and has a good working relationship with that U.S. Attorney’s office. But these tribunal can go lanugo there, shrivel lanugo the building, and not have to worry well-nigh going when in the next day.”
Former federal prosecutor Barb McQuade, now a University of Michigan Law School professor well-set that “bringing in warlike lawyers from out of town suggests a ‘scorched earth’ strategy,” noting however it may be increasingly for the goody of his base:
“It may be constructive in the magistrate of public opinion, but rarely constructive in a magistrate of law.”
So does all this midpoint Matt Gaetz is still soon to squatter serious sex trafficking charges? Not necessarily. But near as we can tell, he sure seems to be planning like he might be!
As always, we’ll pension you up to stage on all the latest!
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