Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) accused Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of violating House ethics rules by colluding with the whistleblower, by lying about it, and by making representations to the American people that were false. Gaetz explained why he filed the report on Wednesday's broadcast of 'Hannity' on FNC:
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: We'll be watching tomorrow.
Joining us now, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz.
Congressman, good to see you.
You also filed an ethics complaint -- Sean Spicer, American First senior advisor also.
Matt, just to what we know, compromised, Matt? We have a compromised Schiff, you filed an ethics complaint and a compromise whistle-blower with a political agenda.
REP. MATT GAETZ (R-FL): Absolutely, Sean.
HANNITY: Now, we have an even worse allegations out there.
GAETZ: You're right. This is not a crime by the president. It is set up by the deep state. The same deep state that told us that President Trump was engaged in a criminal conspiracy. The same deep state that had an insurance policy against the people of this great country electing Donald Trump.
What's different about the knockoff Ukrainian sequel is that Adam Schiff has violated the ethical rules of the House by colluding with the whistle- blower, by lying about it, and I would say most importantly, by making representations to the American people that were false.
Rule 23 of the House of Representatives code of conduct says that we are not permitted to engage in activities that bring discredit on the House. I can think of nothing that has brought more discredit on the House of Representatives than Adam Schiff acting like the president of the United States and the president of Ukraine had a conversation that they never had.
We've seen the transcript. We've heard from President Zelensky. Donald Trump did nothing wrong. And it is about time this Democrat-led House start passing bills and stop issuing these subpoenas. It is offensive to the American people.
They want better roads, better health care, lower prescription drug places and Nancy Pelosi authorize more subpoenas than they have passed bills on the floor of the house of representatives. It is shameful, and they will be punished for this by Americans in the next election.
Gaetz formal announcement: