The Republican congressman has claimed that he is the victim of an extortion attempt and rejected his alleged guilt in the crimes
An Ethics Committee of the United States House of Representatives has opened an investigation on Friday into the Republican congressman, Matt Gaetz, for the accusations that link him with inappropriate sexual conduct, use of illicit drugs, violations of campaign financing, and other possible violations of federal law and House rules.
Said the head of this committee, Ted Deutch. According to CNN, The committee is aware of allegations made against Rep. Matt Gaetz, which violates House rules, regulations, or other code of conduct.
Matt Gaetz, the prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, is also being investigated by the United States Department of Justice for having an inappropriate sexual encounter with a minor.
This same committee has also announced that it has opened another investigation into the Republican representative for New York, Tom Reed, who announced a few weeks ago that he would not stand for re-election in 2022 after an accusation about sexual harassment was made public in his against, according to Bloomberg.
Gaetz has denied these accusations and has said in the newspaper 'Washington Examiner' that "I have never, never paid for sex, and second, as an adult man, I have not slept with a 17-year-old girl."
The Florida Democratic Party called for Gaetz's "immediate" resignation. However, those as mentioned above stressed that he does not intend to go "anywhere" and that he is not "a monk" but "not a criminal" either.
I will struggle like a demon for my clients and for the country that I love intensely. You don't deserve less, especially now, Gaetz, a fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, wrote on Facebook on Monday. he added, In Washington, cycles of sex scandals are predictable, and sex is particularly strong in politics.
Since the newspaper The New York Times uncovered the investigation that weighs on Gaetz last week, he has affirmed that he is the victim of an extortion attempt and rejected his alleged misconduct of the offense of sex trafficking. He added, Let me remind everyone that I am a Congress representative. I am not a monk. I am definitely not guilty.
According to the newspaper, Gaetz is being investigated by the FBI to determine if he engaged in sex trafficking for allegedly having paid for trips to a 17-year-old girl with whom he allegedly had relationships in 2019. Transferring a minor from one state to another for sexual objects is a federal crime.
Chain CNN, citing "multiple sources", reported last week that Gaetz used to brag about his conquests and pictures of naked women teach other Congress members.
Gaetz assures that a "subject" of the investigation, not a "target". In the United States legal system, a person who comes within a criminal probe scope is considered subject to investigation. While a target is someone, the prosecution has gathered evidence to link them to a crime. During the investigation, the subject may become a target.