2020-09-23 13:24:52 UTC
By Charles Creitz
Published 9 hours ago
House Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told "Hannity"
Tuesday that he has spoken with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
about potentially launching a bribery investigation into former New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"I believe there may be a criminal investigation already underway of
the Bloomberg-connected activities in Florida," Gaetz told host Sean
Bloomberg, who briefly joined the race for the Democratic presidential
nomination earlier this year, has reportedly raised more than $16
million for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Under the Florida state constitution, convicted felons can regain their
voting rights after having served their time. However, a law enacted by
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis states that felons must pay all fines,
restitution, and other legal financial obligations before their
sentences could be considered fully served.
"[Under Florida law] it’s a third-degree felony for someone to either
directly or indirectly provide something of value to impact whether or
not someone votes," Gaetz explained. "So the question is whether or not
paying off someone’s fines and legal obligations counts as something of
value, and it clearly does.
"If Michael Bloomberg was offering to pay off people's credit card
debt," Gaetz added, "you would obviously see the value in that.
"[W]hen you improve someone’s net worth by eliminating their financial
liabilities, that’s something of value," he went on. "Normally, it
would be very difficult to prove that that was directly linked to
impacting whether or not someone was going to vote. But they literally
wrote their own admission."