Adam Kinzinger called for Republican Matt Gaetz to resign Thursday night, the first Republican to be involved in a federal investigation into allegations of sex trafficking. became.
“Matt Gaetz needs to resign” Kinzinger tweeted, A link to an article about the Justice Department’s investigation into Gates.
Gates has since denied cheating First reported by The New York Times In a federal investigation, he has not been charged with any crime. A Florida Republican who has received national attention as one of the most enthusiastic supporters of former President Donald Trump’s parliament describes his claim: Part of a political attack And when the news was first reported as part of the blackmail program.
Gates said in a statement on Friday that he holds two prominent New York lawyers, Mark Mukasey and Isabel Kirschner, to lead his legal team.
“Matt has always been a fighter. A fighter for his members, a fighter for the country, and a fighter for the Constitution. He intends to fight back against his unfounded claims.” “Fight those who are trying to falsely defile his name,” the lawyer said.
Some of the alleged crimes being investigated are suspected of having a sexual relationship between a 17-year-old girl and cash, according to media reports. Paid in exchange for sex With some women.
Gates Associate Joel Greenberg, Former Florida Tax Collector Indicted Over 30 Federal Crimes In related cases, we are negotiating a judicial transaction with the prosecutor. Among other crimes, Greenberg has been charged with sexual trafficking in children. According to the TimesGreenbeg has been accused of trafficking in a teenager whose relationship with Gates is under investigation, and he and Gates allegedly paid several of the same women for sex.
“I’m sure Matt Gaetz isn’t very comfortable today,” Greenberg’s lawyer Fritz Scheller told reporters after a hearing in federal court. Potential judicial transactions were discussed.. Scheller cited lawyer / client privileges when asked directly if Greenberg was cooperating with Gates’ federal investigation.
Despite federal investigations and an increasing list of allegations against Gates, Republicans remain largely silent. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Party, said it was too early to judge Gates and his allegations, but if the allegations were true, he would remove Gates from his commission.
“These are serious consequences. If it turns out to be true, then remove him. But at this point, Matt Gaetz says it’s not true and the information No. So get it all. McCarthy told Fox News Wednesday.
Most Republicans are far from Gates, but several have rushed to his defense, including Jim Jordan in Ohio and Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia.
“I believe in Matt Gaetz. He shouldn’t be removed from the judiciary,” Jordan told CNN.
green Tweet She stood with Gates, and “rumors and headlines are not equal to truth.”
Trump issued a brief statement Wednesday in response to a Times report that Gates sought full amnesty during the last few weeks of his term.
“Parliamentarian Matt Gaetz has never asked me for an amnesty,” Trump said. “It must also be remembered that he completely denied the accusation against him.”
This latest tweet from Kinzinger isn’t the first time a Republican in Illinois has spoken to a member of his own party.
Kinzinger was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach the former president for inciting a riot at the US Capitol on January 6, criticizing former Trump. Kinzinger also resolved to remove Green from the Commission’s mission after past videos of freshmen in support of the conspiracy theory and comments on other incendiary bombs were revealed. Kinzinger said he had “no regrets” in his past comments and accused him of having “a great desire to be famous.”
Contributed by: Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal; Associated Press
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Matt Gaetz: Adam Kinzinger was the first Republican to demand his resignation