ERIC BOLLING (HOST): But Congressman -- but, you know, afterwards you said something like -- and I know this is ongoing. Like, I think you're looking for an opportunity to do a vote to remove the speaker's gavel from his hand, which I personally would welcome. But tell us what's going on with you and McCarthy.
REP. MATT GAETZ (GUEST): Well, in that particular clip, Kevin was lying There's no other way to put it. I have never asked Kevin McCarthy or anyone else to interfere in an ethics matter. I am the most investigated man in Congress. The FBI and DOJ, who hate me, investigated me for three years and didn't find so much as an unpaid parking ticket that they wanted to bring any action against me.
So, this is just Kevin deflecting from his own failures. It's not an ethics committee matter that led us to be here without our appropriations bills passed. And this is also a pattern, Eric, because when I was critical of Kevin's leadership, oh, I'm just an ethically challenged congressman. But then, when Victoria Spartz, a congresswoman from Indiana, came forward and said, no, I too agree -- I agree with Matt Gaetz that it's Kevin McCarthy who failed us. Well, then he said, well, she's just a quitter. Now, this is a woman who said that she was going to be returning to her family because they needed her and Kevin called her a quitter. Meanwhile, when a man in Congress actually left in the middle of his term, Chris Stewart, Kevin McCarthy didn't call him a quitter.
So, he's been reckless and unhinged and rattled and misogynist in how he's attacked those who are making a substantive argument. Here's what no one has explained to me - why didn't we have our single-subject appropriations bills ready? And I think it's because this is not a bug of the system, it's a feature, because the lobbyists and the special interests who buy people off in this town don't want individual review of programs. They want it all lumped together.