House Ethics Committee investigating Representative Matt Gaetz

The House Ethics Committee will investigate Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida. 

The announcement made on Friday comes after allegations of illegal drug use and sharing inappropriate photos of young women on the House floor, The Hill reported. 

“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct,” the statement said.

In March, an article published by The New York Times revealed that the Justice Department is investigating Gaetz for an alleged sexual relationship he had with a 17-year-old. 

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Gaetz alleges that he and his family are being smeared in a scheme from a former Department of Justice official seeking millions to make the accusations against him disappear. 

The ethics committee also noted that the investigation does not indicate that Gaetz committed any crimes.

Gaetz is currently serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. 

 

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