Washington-The House Ethics Commission is investigating Republicans Matt Gaetz of Florida and Tom Reed of New York.
Gates continues to deny cheating After the New York Times reported He was the subject of a federal investigation. According to The Times, the study focuses on whether Gates had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old child and she paid to travel with him. Gates has not been charged with a crime.
Florida legislators too Accused Showing photos and videos of a naked woman who had a relationship with another lawmaker while he was on the floor of the house.
Reed initially denied cheating, but later apologized to former lobbyist Nicolet Davis. In March, The Washington Post reported that while drunk, Reed rubbed Davis’ back, moved his hands out of his shirt, took off his bra, and continued to grope for her at a bar in Minneapolis.
Ethics Commission Chairman Ted Deutch (Democratic Party) and ranking member Jackie Walorski (Republican Party) issued a similar individual statement on individual investigations Friday afternoon.
“The Commission is aware of the public allegations,” the two statements said to both lawmakers. “The Committee will initiate an investigation in accordance with Committee Rule 18 (a) and collect additional information regarding the allegation.”
“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 no other public comment will be made on this. It is a problem unless the rules of the Commission are followed. “
The Commission also said it was investigating allegations against Gates regarding the use of illegal drugs, bribes, the use of election funds for personal expenses, and the sharing of “inappropriate videos on the house floor.”
Lead Recently announced He did not re-election or run for Governor of New York in 2022, “thus retiring from public service on January 2, 2023.”
“In retrospect, my personal description of this event is irrelevant,” he said in a statement about his allegations. “In short, my actions caused her pain, showed her contempt, and was not an expert. I was wrong, sorry, and I take full responsibility.”
Gates, who received national attention as one of the most enthusiastic supporters of former President Donald Trump’s parliament, against him as part of a political attack and as part of a blackmail program when the news was first reported. I drew a complaint. He said, “I will never resign.”
Gates is reminiscent of Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector charged More Over 30 federal crimes are negotiating judicial transactions with prosecutors. Among other crimes, Greenberg has been charged with sexual trafficking in children. According to The Times, Greenberg has been accused of trafficking a teen under investigation for his relationship with Gates, and Greenberg and Gates allegedly paid several of the same women for sex.
Contributions: Joseph Specter, New York Team; Sarah Elbeshvisi, USA TODAY; Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal
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