Matt Gaetz Attacked the Speaker Last Year. Now It’s Coming Back to Haunt Him.
On Thursday, two Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch its own probe into Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz and that should he be stripped of his seat on the House Judiciary Committee if there is reason to believe that he is guilty of having sex with a minor.
Things just keep getting worse for embattled Gaetz, whom the Department of Justice has identified as a subject in a sex trafficking investigation.
Gaetz is suspected of having had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl whom he purportedly paid to travel with him. Gaetz has denied the accusations and claimed that he is the target of a cockamamie extortion plot involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“If in fact, these allegations are true, of course being removed from the Judiciary Committee is the least that could be done,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters. “From what we’ve heard so far, this would be a matter for the Ethics Committee.”
Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House, added that “someone needs to get to the bottom of all of this.”
Any significant findings would be referred to the Ethics Committee, which has the authority to determine Gaetz’s fate.
There is another juicy twist of irony to this story, however.
Last year, Gaetz filed an ethics complaint against Pelosi after she famously tore a copy of then-President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech in half.
“She disgraced the House of Representatives, she embarrassed our country and she destroyed official records,” Gaetz whined at the time to Fox News marionette Laura Ingraham on The Ingraham Angle. “The law does not allow the speaker of the House to destroy the records of the House and the rules of the House do not permit some little temper tantrum just because you don’t like what the president of the United States says.”
Gaetz later wrote on Twitter that Pelosi had broken the law. Politifact rated his claim as “pants on fire.”