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U.S. Republican House leader resists pressure to punish Trump ally Gaetz

PoliticsApr 01, 2021 02:15AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Representative Matt Gaetz, (R-FL), speaks during a hearing in Washington

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By David Morgan and Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday resisted calls to punish a staunch ally of President Donald Trump who, according to a U.S. law enforcement source, faces a federal probe into a relationship with an underage girl.

Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would not strip Representative Matt Gaetz of his committee assignments absent proof that he has engaged in wrongdoing, as Democrats have demanded.

Gaetz is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for possibly violating sex-trafficking laws by paying travel expenses for a 17-year-old girl with whom he was romantically involved, according to a U.S. enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity. Gaetz has denied wrongdoing.

The story was first reported in the New York Times.

"Those are serious implications. If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him, if that was the case. But right now, Matt Gaetz says that it's not true and we don't have any information. So let's get all the information," McCarthy said on Fox News.

He said he expected to speak to Gaetz later on Wednesday.

Gaetz, an outspoken 38-year-old conservative who has cast himself as an avid leader in Trump's America First movement, has denied the allegations and said in a statement that he and his family are the victims of an "organized crime extortion."

Democrats called on McCarthy to strip Gaetz of his committee assignments while the federal probe is under way, especially his seat on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department. Gaetz also sits on the House Armed Services Committee.

U.S. Republican House leader resists pressure to punish Trump ally Gaetz
 

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John Hat
John Hat Apr 01, 2021 8:32AM ET
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Everyone knows Democrats are major p.te r v e s.
Darren Ikin
Darren Ikin Apr 01, 2021 7:33AM ET
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look at all the ******phile supporters here. this is what you've become living ur life with blinkers on
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 01, 2021 3:59AM ET
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This smells of dem dung.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 01, 2021 3:59AM ET
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sure, if you ignore the fact that the investigation was launched by DOJ back in 2020 when Trump and Barr were still in charge
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 01, 2021 3:59AM ET
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Tre Hsi   - and went absolutely nowhere.. but is now fantastically an “issue” again.. pft
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 01, 2021 3:59AM ET
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is that why even Tucker Carlson is staying away from perv Gaetz now?
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 01, 2021 3:59AM ET
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Tre Hsi  - any dem calling anyone a perv is completely hilarious. Your’s the party who brought us Epstein and countless others.. more recently the Bidens, Weiner et al.. Talk about hypocrisy!
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Apr 01, 2021 3:51AM ET
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Nobody cares what the republicants think, do or say
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 01, 2021 3:51AM ET
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apparently law enforcement officials still do, or least when it comes to underage trafficking, those silly liberals
Chuck Anderson
Chuck Anderson Apr 01, 2021 3:00AM ET
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Russia, Russia, Russia and then impeach, impeach, impeach BS for 4 years. All BS made by the media. All nada.  Freaking media sleeping with democrats.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 01, 2021 3:00AM ET
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so you don't care about underage ********traffiking?  that's not gonna sit well with your fellow Q supporters....
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Mar 31, 2021 11:50PM ET
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Republicans only need 4 seats this midterm for control. I think they'll get 35+
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Mar 31, 2021 11:50PM ET
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Yes, democrats again proving they are wotking against Americans.
James Pattison
James Pattison Mar 31, 2021 8:41PM ET
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Arent there pictures of bidens son snorting off the hip bone of his dead brothers daughter??? Yes... yes there are
Adrian White
Adrian White Mar 31, 2021 8:41PM ET
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What if there are such pictures? Who cares? Last time I checked, Hunter wasn't a member of the House nor given seats on Congressional sub-committees.
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Me comment Mar 31, 2021 7:20PM ET
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Why punish him he is just another in the long line of GOP *****maniacs led by trump.
Michael Cruz
Michael Cruz Mar 31, 2021 6:28PM ET
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im here for everyone defending a *****.. 🍿
Michael Cruz
Michael Cruz Mar 31, 2021 6:28PM ET
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child diddler since it wont let me describe Gaetz properly
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trump's DOJ dismissed the case for lack of evidence months ago.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Mar 31, 2021 6:28PM ET
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Michael Cruz  you must mean Biden.. right?
Johnny Soler
Johnny Soler Mar 31, 2021 5:52PM ET
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What happened to the investigation of Biden and family impeach lock up his son
Michael Cruz
Michael Cruz Mar 31, 2021 5:52PM ET
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whataboutism.thanks for standing up to defend pedos.and all this from an investigation started by Barr.
Cathy Bartlett
Cathy Bartlett Mar 31, 2021 5:21PM ET
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Story is pure fiction!! How about jailing sexual predator Cuomo??? Are we going to wait for the 20th victim to come forward before that disgraceful loser is jailed or does he get a pass because he is a Mafioso communist?🤔
Michael Cruz
Michael Cruz Mar 31, 2021 5:21PM ET
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Way to come to bat for a ****There are pictures of him with the child in question and there is proof he bought airline tickets and booked hotels for her.Cuomo should resign, but Gaetz is a ****and should be in jail.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Mar 31, 2021 5:21PM ET
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i am guessing your outrage didn't extend to The Donald when a dozen women accused him.....
Joel Hauser
Joel Hauser Mar 31, 2021 5:16PM ET
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Republicans have always been kiddy diddlers and closet man love enthusiasts.Trump epstein and lindsey graham respectively to name a few.
Cathy Bartlett
Cathy Bartlett Mar 31, 2021 5:16PM ET
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Epstein & Wiener are socialist democrats, perverts, and sexual predetors!! Many more are leftists...
Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler Mar 31, 2021 5:16PM ET
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Im pretty sure we can all agree that creepy kiddy diddlers seem to span all demographic/political/cultural strata. Obviously.
Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler Mar 31, 2021 5:16PM ET
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Gustav Mahler But I am a bit skeptical about this case... it seems somewhat like a hit operation, with such vague claims, shockingly few specifics as to what he is actually accused of doing, and WHEN! lol. He also happens to be an arch nemesis of the party in power... idk. I’ll need to see a LOT more information before lending this any credence.
Clinton Powell
Clinton Powell Mar 31, 2021 5:16PM ET
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ALL of the Bidens are corrupt!!!And you are worried about MattGaetz
danny Levine
danny Levine Mar 31, 2021 5:13PM ET
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enough of this partisan bollsheet! where is Epstein investigation?
 
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