WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of the arrest of political operative Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, on charges of lying to Congress, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has filed legislation seeking a "sense of the House of Representatives" resolution that such false statements "must be prosecuted equitably, without regard to politics or elections."
Gaetz represents Northwest Florida in Congress.
A Monday news release from Gaetz's office announcing his legislative initiative, titled the Justice for All Resolution, further explains the proposal by noting it "would require equal punishment for those who lie to Congress regardless of politics, fame, or elections."
The news release goes on to contend that Stone, arrested in a recent pre-dawn raid at his home, "is one of the few people who have been prosecuted for lying to Congress."
Stone is charged with lying to Congress about efforts by Trump's 2016 Republican presidential campaign to allegedly use stolen emails sent among top Democrats to undermine the campaign of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state.
Clinton is among a number of people identified in Gaetz's resolution as having "knowingly provided false statements to Congress without facing punishment. ..." Also mentioned in Gaetz's resolution are former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former IRS official Lois Lerner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Lying to Congress is a serious offense,” Gaetz said in the news release. “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.”
Gaetz's office included the full text of the resolution in the email, but the measure had not appeared as of Monday evening at Congress.gov, a website that details legislative filings, including texts, cosponsors and congressional actions on legislation.