Gaetz: We didn't impeach Obama even though 'a lot of constituents' think he abused his power

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday accused House Democrats of failing to abide by their own standards for impeachment, invoking Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE’s (D-Calif.) statements before the inquiry was launched that impeachment must be bipartisan.

Gaetz, a vocal ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE, read passages from an interview with Anton Yermak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he denied being pressured by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Five takeaways from Parnas's Maddow interview Giuliani pushes to join Trump impeachment defense team: report MORE.

“To accept the Democrats’ theory of the case, you’ve got to believe the Ukrainians are lying to us,” Gaetz said during a hearing to mark up articles of impeachment against Trump.

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"That they’re so weak and they’re so dependent on the United States that we can’t believe a word they say. Well, again, where were you during the Obama administration when this weak ally didn’t get Javelins [missiles] that were then withheld?”

Gaetz went on to call the abuse of power article of impeachment against Trump a “total joke,” saying it was only written because no specific crimes could be proven.

“I've got a lot of constituents who think Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires Biden's new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him MORE abused his power, but you know what? We didn’t do this to the country,” added Gaetz, who entered office in early 2017, shortly before Obama finished his term.

“We didn’t put him through this nonsense in this impeachment. You all set the standard. We didn’t set it. You said this would have to be bipartisan, compelling and overwhelming. It ain’t that, and this looks pretty bad,” he said.