The House ethics committee announced Friday it opened an investigation into accusations Rep. Matt Gaetz engaged in sexual misconduct along with a number of other allegations.
The decision comes after Gaetz confirmed last month that he was under investigation for allegedly violating federal sex trafficking laws.
“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,” a statement from the panel said.
“The committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations.”
There have been calls for Gaetz to resign in response to the allegations, including from Rep. Adam Kinzinger who is the first Republican to come out against him.
Kinzinger tweeted Thursday night: “Matt Gaetz needs to resign.” In his tweet, Kinzinger linked to an article about the Justice Department’s investigation into Gaetz.
Matt Gaetz needs to resign. https://t.co/AygfqAxQJX via @thedailybeast
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) April 9, 2021
Gaetz, who has not been charged, has denied any wrongdoing since The New York Times first reported last month on the federal investigation. Gaetz has said he is “absolutely not resigning.”