#minorsextrafficking | Matt Gaetz Targeted by House Ethics Panel Amid Sex-Trafficking Probe

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The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, over sexual misconduct allegations and possible violations of House rules.

“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,” Committee Chairman Ted Deutch and ranking Republican Jackie Walorski said in a statement.

The New York Times reported last week that Gaetz is being investigated by the Justice Department over alleged relationships with women recruited online for sex, possibly including a 17-year-old girl, and whether he violated federal sex-trafficking laws.

The congressman, an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, has hired one of Trump’s defense lawyers amid the federal inquiry. Marc Mukasey, the son of former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, confirmed in an email Friday that he’d been hired by Gaetz.

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