Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz has said he believes Kyle Rittenhouse is innocent and will consider hiring him as a congressional intern.
“You know what, Kyle Rittenhouse would probably make a good congressional intern. We could contact him and see if he would be interested in helping the country in other ways, ”Gaetz said Wednesday during an appearance on Newsmax.
Rittenhouse’s high-profile trial is underway and the jury will begin another day of deliberations on Thursday.
The 18-year-old is accused of killing two people and injuring a third as protesters protested against the police shooting against Jacob Blake last summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During the trial, Rittenhouse claimed his actions were in self-defense.
“He’s not guilty. He deserves a not guilty verdict and I hope he gets it, ”Gaetz said.
He also denounced the conviction of January 6 rioter Jacob Chansley, 34, who stormed the Capitol wearing a fur headdress with horns. He was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison for his role in the riot.
“This QAnon Shaman is a relatively harmless and non-violent vegan and the idea that he has to be in prison for 3.5 years to settle some kind of political score defies justice,” he said.
“The American people deserve a Department of Justice which is the least political agency in Washington, and instead we have a Department of Justice which is the most political agency in Washington,” he added. .
Gaetz himself faces controversy and is the subject of a Justice Department investigation into his trip to the Bahamas with women and whether these women were paid to travel for sex, which could violate federal law, NBC News previously reported.
He denied any wrongdoing in this investigation.