Ethics Committee Says It’s Investigating Even More Allegations Against Matt Gaetz | EUROtoday

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WASHINGTON — In an uncommon public assertion on Tuesday, the House Ethics Committee mentioned it’s increasing an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) amid allegations of sexual misconduct, drug use and a variety of different eyebrow-raising claims.

The committee mentioned it has spoken with greater than a dozen individuals, issued 25 subpoenas and reviewed 1000’s of pages of paperwork as a part of its investigation. It has discovered that a number of the allegations “merit continued review” — and recognized new allegations price investigating.

Specifically, the committee mentioned Gaetz might have “engaged in sexual misconduct and illicit drug use, accepted improper gifts, dispensed special privileges and favors to individuals with whom he had a personal relationship, and sought to obstruct government investigations of his conduct.”

The committee mentioned it’s dropping its probe of different allegations towards Gaetz, together with whether or not he shared inappropriate photos or movies on the House ground; misused state identification information; transformed marketing campaign funds to private use; and accepted a bribe or improper gratuity.

Apparently conscious the ethics committee could be making a press release about its investigation, Gaetz claimed on social media on Monday afternoon that he’s been the topic of 4 committee probes and all have been closed.

All of those investigations “emerged from lies intended solely to smear me,” Gaetz mentioned. “They are doing this to avoid the obvious fact that every investigation into me ends the same way: my exoneration.”

The Florida Republican blamed former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the ethics panel investigating him. Gaetz, a far-right loyalist of former President Donald Trump, spearheaded his occasion’s effort to take away McCarthy from his management submit final yr. McCarthy has since left Congress.

“This is Soviet,” Gaetz mentioned of the newest ethics investigation. “Kevin McCarthy showed them the man, and they are now trying to find the crime. I work for Northwest Floridians who won’t be swayed by this nonsense and McCarthy and his goons know it.”

The ethics committee launched its probe in 2021 however paused it whereas the Department of Justice pursued comparable allegations towards Gaetz till 2023, when it notified that congressman that he wouldn’t face prosecution.

In 2022, a former Gaetz affiliate in Florida, Joel Greenberg, was sentenced to 11 years in jail for prices that included intercourse trafficking a minor.

“Greenberg had met the minor on an internet website and he engaged in commercial sex acts with her on at least seven occasions when she was under the age of 18,” the Justice Department mentioned. “Greenberg also introduced the minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the minor.”