Washington — Top Republicans and other lawmakers wait on Wednesday for allegations that Republican Matt Gaetz had sex with a minor girl, even if at least one Democrat demanded Gates. He said he would take an attitude. Removed from the committee.
House Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and R-Caliph said it was premature to judge Gates, but would remove Florida State Capitol from the committee if the allegations proved to be true. Added.
“These are serious consequences. If it turns out to be true, we’ll remove him,” McCarthy told Fox News on Wednesday. “But so far Matt Gaetz says it’s not true and we don’t have any information. Let’s get all the information.”
McCarthy also said he would personally talk to Gates about the claim.
The New York Times first on Tuesday The Ministry of Justice was investigating Gates on suspicion of sexual trafficking, Was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Gates denied the claim, claiming it was the result of an “attempted extortion by organized crime” involving former Justice Department officials.
“No part of my claim is true,” Gates said in writing.
Many Republicans and Democrats remained silent about Gates’ investigation, but some conservatives expressed support for GOP’s colleagues.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan told CNN, “I believe in Matt Gaetz. He shouldn’t be expelled from the Judiciary Committee,” and immediately defended Gaetz.
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was removed from the commission earlier this year because of threatening comments about Democrats. “I’m standing by @mattgaetz.”
D-Calif Rep. Ted Lieu called for Gates to be immediately removed from the House Judiciary Committee.
Most Republicans are silent on this issue.
But Democrat Ted Lieu told McCarthyism, “You don’t seem to understand that. If it’s true that you’re engaged in sex trafficking, he needs to resign and be prosecuted.” Tweeted. You cannot have Gates sit on a parliamentary commission that oversees the department investigating Gates. “
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Kevin McCarthy: Matt Gaetz’s alleged investigation is “serious”