Asked if it is appropriate for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to remain on the House Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the Justice Department, given that he is under investigation by the DOJ, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Thursday that he sees no problem.
“Matt Gaetz is the same as any American,” McCarthy told reporters. “He’s innocent until proven guilty. There’s no charges against him yet.”
“If a charge comes forward, that would be dealt with at that time,” he added.
Gaetz has consistently denied any wrongdoing as details continue to emerge about the federal investigation into whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and was involved with a sex ring involving dozens of young women who allegedly received payments from his friend, Joel Greenberg.
The Washington Post reported this week:
Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector for Seminole County, Fla., has since last year been outlining to prosecutors how he and Gaetz would pay women for sex using cash or gifts in potential violation of federal trafficking laws, this person said on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing criminal probe.
The Justice Department has been exploring whether Greenberg procured women for Gaetz, who represents a mostly conservative district in the Florida Panhandle, and whether the two men sometimes shared sexual partners, including the 17-year-old girl at issue in Greenberg’s case. Gaetz would boast to people in Florida politics that he met women through Greenberg, and he also showed them videos on his phone of naked or topless women on multiple occasions, including at parties with Greenberg, people familiar with the matter have said.
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