Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has introduced the “Justice For All Resolution”.
Simply stated, it specifies that all people who lie berfore congress be treated equally.
Who can argue with that, right?
Uh….not so fast.
Here, from Rep. Gaetz’s website, are the key elements:
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today has introduced new legislation, known as the “Justice for All Resolution.” The resolution would require equal punishment for those who lie to Congress regardless of politics, fame, or elections.
Roger Stone, a long-time political operative, was recently arrested on five counts of allegedly lying to Congress. 29 FBI agents and 17 vehicles arrived at his house to arrest him in a pre-dawn raid. Mr. Stone, however, is one of the few people who have been prosecuted for lying to Congress.
In a 2007 essay in the Quinnipiac Law Review, Mr. P.J. Meitl wrote that “almost no one is prosecuted for lying to Congress,” and that “only six people have been convicted of perjury or related charges in relation to Congress in the last sixty years.” However, several high-profile public figures have been shown to have lied under oath, or to have knowingly provided false information, to Congress, but have faced no punishment. These include James Clapper, James Comey, John Brennan, Andrew McCabe, Eric Holder, Lois Lerner, and Hillary Clinton.
“Lying to Congress is a serious offense,” Rep. Gaetz said. “Unfortunately, it often seems that we have a two-tiered justice system at work; certain people have the book thrown at them, while others face no consequences at all for their behavior. This is unfair and wrong, and I hope to correct this with my resolution.”
Are you still sure this is an entirely uncontroversial piece of legislation?
I assume Mr. Gaetz has no expectation this will ever pass a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. I’m sure Democrats will try not to even put it up for a vote. But that doesn’t mean it will have failed.
What it does is put Democrats on record as supporting unequal justice, based on political affiliation. It also shines a much-needed light on the fact that every one of the people mentioned – all Democrats – lied to congress and walked away completely free.
Would that make Matt Gaetz’s legislative effort successful? You tell me.