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Politics Matt Gaetz questioned the head of the FBI in Congress despite himself being under investigation by the FBI

13:40  11 june  2021
13:40  11 june  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Federal prosecutors looking into whether Gaetz obstructed justice

  Federal prosecutors looking into whether Gaetz obstructed justice The probe is the latest development in the ongoing investigation into the congressman.The witness in question was one of a handful of women who entered Gaetz’s orbit via his one-time “wingman,” former Seminole County, Fla., tax collector Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty last month to a host of crimes, including sex-trafficking a 17-year-old in 2017.

Matt Gaetz wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) listens as FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill June 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) listens as FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill June 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray at a judiciary committee hearing Thursday.
  • The scene was unusual: Gaetz is himself under investigation by FBI over claims of sex trafficking.
  • Gaetz has retained his place on the panel despite calls for him to be removed.
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is under investigation by the FBI, was in the unusual position Thursday of questioning the director of the agency, Christopher Wray, as part of congressional oversight hearings.

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Gaetz is currently being investigated by FBI over allegations that he was involved in sex trafficking with a former tax official, Joel Greenberg.

He was able to participate because he is part of the he House Judiciary Committee, despite calls from Democrats for him to be removed in light of the allegations against him.

On Thursday Wray appeared before the committee and was questioned on several ongoing investigations by lawmakers including Gaetz.

Gaetz has strenuously denied the trafficking allegations, claiming that they are part of a plot against him.

On Thursday Gaetz questioned Wray about the FBI's investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, an issue Republicans have seized on in recent weeks.

Rep. Matt Gaetz under investigation for potential obstruction of justice in sex probe

  Rep. Matt Gaetz under investigation for potential obstruction of justice in sex probe Prosecutors are looking at whether Rep. Matt Gaetz obstructed justice when he called a witness in a probe of possible sex crimes, NBC News reported.The witness is allegedly connected to Gaetz and his friend Joel Greenberg, a former county tax collector in Florida who last month pleaded guilty to multiple crimes, including the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, a law enforcement source told NBC.

The claim was pushed by Donald Trump and allies in the early months of the pandemic, but was initially dismissed by the World Health Organization and experts. In recent months it has gained renewed credibility.

"I have to be careful not to discuss specific investigations," Wray replied. He continued: "There are differences of view within the intelligence community about the origins of the coronavirus and we're taking a deeper dive on that subject."

In April Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat and fellow judiciary committee member, said Gaetz should be removed from the panel after it emerged that he was under investigation.

Lieu said his continued presence violated conflict-of-interest rules. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said removal should come at a later point, if the allegations against him are shown to be true.

Insider has contacted Gaetz' office for comment.

Gaetz also faces a separate House Ethics Committee probe into allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct and illicit drugs use, and shared explicit images of women on the House floor.

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Covid Whistle-blower Rebekah Jones is challenging Rep. Matt Gaetz .
“It’s absurd that he’s still in office. Someone like that should not go unchallenged," Rebekah Jones.Rebekah Jones said the congressman, currently under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly paying an underage girl for sex, is vulnerable.

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