Politics GOP House leader: No plans to discipline Matt Gaetz over sex-trafficking investigation
Matt Gaetz Said His 'Travel Records' Would Exonerate Him. They Don't.
When it first came out last week that Rep. Matt Gaetz was under investigation for his sexual involvement with a 17-year-old, the Florida Republican said his travel records would exonerate him. “It is a horrible allegation, and it is a lie,” Gaetz told Tucker Carlson on Fox News a week ago. “The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman, and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case.” What Gaetz knew—or should have known—is that there are no such public records, at least not when it comes to his private life.There are, however, campaign filings.
WASHINGTON – GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday he has no plans to take action against Rep. Matt Gaetz after the embattled Florida congressman told him he’s innocent of the sex trafficking allegations now.
Gaetz has been accused of having sex with an underage girl, then 17, and paying for her to travel with him. The three-term congressman who represents the Florida Panhandle has not been charged with a crime. He has denied any wrongdoing and argued that he is the victim of a complicated extortion scheme.
Askedwhether Gaetz should be removed from the Judiciary Committee – which oversees the Justice Department conducting the investigation – McCarthy said he saw no reason to take such a step.
Chris Cuomo Challenges Matt Gaetz to Live CNN Interview
The CNN host has called on the Republican congressman to defend himself on air after allegations of sex trafficking.The Republican congressman faces calls to step down after it emerged that federal authorities are investigating him over accusations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
"Matt Gaetz is the same as any American. He's innocent until proven guilty," McCarthy said. "There's no charges against him yet. If a charge comes forward, that would be dealt with at that time."
Gaetz declared in anthat "first, I have never, ever paid for sex. And second, I, as an adult man, have not slept with a 17-year-old." He went on to write that he was "absolutely not resigning."
Republicans mostly have kept silent about Gaetz since the probe was announced, though Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., last week became the first GOP lawmaker.
And former House Speaker John Boehner, once the nation's highest-ranking Republican,that Gaetz should resign if he is indicted. If the Florida congressman refuses, Boehner said, McCarthy should move to expel him from the House.
Joel Greenberg Is Poised to Plead Guilty. His Attorney Said Matt Gaetz Is Probably on Edge Right Now.
Court records say the ex-Florida tax collector who is facing a 33-count federal indictment alleging sexual and financial crimes is poised to plead guilty. The post Joel Greenberg Is Poised to Plead Guilty. His Attorney Said Matt Gaetz Is Probably on Edge Right Now. first appeared on Law & Crime.Joel Greenberg, the former Florida tax collector who is facing a 33-count federal indictment alleging sex trafficking and various financial crimes, is poised to plead guilty. That’s according to court records on file with the Orlando Division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Greenberg’s attorney says his client’s friend, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.
On the House floor Thursday afternoon, Gaetz sat in the back of of the chamber during votes, constantly surrounded by a posse of his GOP colleagues.
A steady stream of Republican lawmakers walked up to chat with the Florida congressman. Most of the members were engaged in chummy conversation and were showing each other content on their phones.
McCarthy said he had no knowledge of any red flags about Gaetz' conduct despitethat staff for then-House Speaker Paul Ryan met with the Florida congressman during his first term to remind Gaetz about acting professionally while in Congress.
Contributing: Savannah Behrmann
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New Docs Show Matt Gaetz Campaign in Full Damage Control Mode .
As Rep. Matt Gaetz combats allegations that he was involved in a sex ring, the Florida Republican’s latest campaign finance report reflects a public relations scramble that began even before he acknowledged being the focus of a federal investigation. The filing, which covers the three months between January and March, shows that Gaetz has incurred unprecedented fundraising expenses during a typically quiet period. In that time, Gaetz dropped six figures on a direct mail blitz, shelling out more for fundraising services than he did in all of 2020.