On the same day that the US Home Ethics Commission announced that he was investigating his behavior, US Congressman Matt Gaetz spoke to a meeting of fierce supporters at Trump National Doral Resort, where he claimed to I vowed to fight. “Deep State” Smear Campaign to silence him.
“Smear specimens for me range from personal life distortions to wild ones. wild “Conspiracy theory,” said a 38-year-old parliamentarian in northwestern Florida. “”I will not be threatened by the lying media and will not be blackmailed by the former Department of Justice. [Department of Justice] Official and the scammer he works with. The truth wins. “
The New York Times reported a week on Gates’ speech at the Summits of the Americas, which is part of a four-day meeting with right-wing speaker Slate to discuss topics such as “election integrity” on Friday night. Since then, it has been one of his first public places.before that Gates was being investigated by the FBI Suspected sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in exchange for payment. Mr Getz was involved in a federal investigation, sources told The Times. As part of an investigation into former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, he was charged with numerous federal crimes last year, including sexual trafficking and theft of personal information.
Gates, who has not been charged with the crime, admitted that there was a previous investigation underway, but repeatedly denied it, claiming it was part of a blackmail plan for his family by former Justice Department officials.
“I’m built for battle and I’m not going anywhere,” added Gates, a well-known conservative fire brand and a close ally of former President Donald Trump.
The event was hosted by Women for America First, the same group that hosted the now infamous “Save America Rally” in Washington on January 6th. The rally preceded the march of the US Capitol, which ended with five dead and injured. Many others have seen hundreds of people breaking buildings while Congress is open. Among the issues raised by the group are unfounded claims that there was widespread fraudulent voting and other fraud during the 2020 elections, which led to elaborate “stealing.”
Female self-proclaimed champion
In a 15-minute speech, Gates mentioned the support he received from friends, strangers, political allies such as Trump and Republicans, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Jim Jordan. He described himself as a female advocate and elaborated on the few women he hired and became an integral part of his time in Congress.
“”That’s how I grew up, “Gates said. “I I’ve seen so many brilliant and patriotic women that I have had the opportunity to work with them unleash their potential. “
Many attendees of the Friday event said they did not believe the claim to Gates was true. Because they don’t trust the story or “just know”, they believe it’s part of a pattern that silences allies Trump and other conservative voices in Congress. Monica Page, a 72-year-old attendee from Colorado, told Miami Herald a news article reminiscent of allegations of sexual assault that surfaced prior to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the Supreme Court.
“I don’t believe he was blamed. It’s trying to hurt his credibility and make him quiet, and I believe it won’t work,” Page said. “I’m completely behind the mat, I support him.”
Meanwhile, an investigation released by the Ethics Commission, led by Broward Democrat Ted Deutch, has jurisdiction over only members of Congress, and the Commission may postpone the investigation to the Department of Justice if criminal activity is suspected.
“The Commission has used state identity, abused state identification, and election funds, where Congressman Matt Gates was involved in sexual activity and / or illegal drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the house floor. Converted to personal use and / or the Commission received bribes, inappropriate tips, or unacceptable gifts in violation of house rules, laws, or other standards of conduct. ” “The Commission … will begin an investigation and collect additional information regarding the allegations.”
If Gates resigns or is voted absent, the Ethics Commission will not be able to investigate his actions. The committee usually runs slowly and does not reveal the details of the investigation until the final decision is reached.
“The mere fact that the Commission has investigated these allegations and publicly disclosed their reviews does not indicate that a breach has occurred or reflect the judgment on behalf of the Commission. Please note that, “the Ethics Commission said in a statement.
And for now, that’s enough for most Gates defenders. But even among his most ardent supporters, some are worried that there may be fragments of the alleged fragment that could prove to be true.
“He’s one of the Democratic opposition speakers, so I wasn’t surprised when something opposed him, but I hope it’s not true,” Kathy Sampson, 58. age. A person who was visiting from Nevada. “If it turns out to be true, it will really shock me. I will actually have a broken heart.”
Alex Daugherty, a reporter for McClatchy DC, contributed to this report.