The House Ethics Committee is reportedly expanding its investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) as it has reached out to multiple new witnesses.
ABC News reported that the Republican-led Committee has reached out to “individuals who have ties to the initial Justice Department investigation into Gaetz.”
The Committee was focusing on possible lobbying violations by Gaetz, the report said, but after its contact with individuals tied to the DOJ’s criminal investigation, the Committee appears to be looking into the “sex trafficking investigation into the Florida congressman,” the report said.
Gaetz responded to ABC News’ report in a statement: “It’s great to see the Ethics Committee has interests beyond trading stocks. They seem to be quite the unusual whales.”
The Committee reopened its probe into Gaetz in July 2023 after the DOJ asked it to delay its initial probe into the congressman. The DOJ’s probe ended without no charges against Gaetz.
“I was cleared by the Department of Justice and the FBI, who looked into my life for years,” Gaetz said over the summer. “
“Now, I believe that the House Ethics Committee is trying to weaponize their process against me because every once in a while up here I’m a rabble-rouser and I don’t go along to get along. And right now, I’m forcing this body to have deal with our debt and our spending.”
“I think all the days in Congress, there are probably in the seven years I’ve been in Congress there have only been tens of days when I haven’t been under one form of ethics investigation or another,” he added.
“I’ve never been found to have violated any ethical laws. I won’t be found to have violated them in this matter either.” he said.
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