Matt Gaetz said his office is open to hiring Kyle Rittenhouse as a congressional intern if he is ‘interested in helping the country in more ways’

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Florida lawmaker Matt Gaetz said Rittenhouse “would probably be a pretty good congressional intern.”Alex Wong / Getty Images; Sean Krajacic – Pool / Getty Images

  • Matt Gaetz said Wednesday that he thought Kyle Rittenhouse would become a good congressional intern.

  • “We can reach out to him and see if he would be interested in helping the country in more ways,” Gaetz said of Rittenhouse.

  • A jury is currently considering whether Rittenhouse is guilty of five crimes, including first-degree murder.

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz said he thought Kyle Rittenhouse would become a good congressman and said he might contact him to make the job offer happen if he is “interested.”

In a interview on Newsmax on Wednesday, Gaetz spoke in defense of Rittenhouse, saying he deserved a “not guilty” sentence even as a The 12-member jury continues to consider the verdict.

“He deserves an innocent verdict, and I certainly hope he gets it, because you know what, Kyle Rittenhouse would probably be a pretty good congressional trainee,” Gaetz said. “We can contact him and see if he would be interested in helping the country in more ways.”

Rittenhouse, 18, er On trial to deadly shooter Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. He pleaded not guilty and his lawyers claim he acted in self-defense. He faces five charges, including first-degree premeditated murder.

Gaetz also spoke up in defense of “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, who was on Wednesday sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, calling him a “relatively harmless, nonviolent vegan.”

“The notion that he has to sit in jail for three and a half years to decide some kind of political situation defies justice,” Gaetz said. “The American people deserve a Department of Justice that is the least political agency in Washington, and instead, what we have is a Department of Justice that is the most political agency in Washington.”

Gaetz himself is the subject of one DOJ investigation into whether he paid underage girls for sex.

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