House Ethics Committee: PedoGaetz Continues

The House Ethics Committee released a statement on their ongoing investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz . AKA PedoGaetz. The statement from the Committee notes that the investigation remains ongoing and that the Committee is still looking into, among other things, whether Gaetz:

Statement Regarding the Matter of Representative Matt Gaetz

Jun 18, 2024 

Press Release

Pursuant to Committee Rule 7, the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined to release the following statement:

On April 9, 2021, the Committee announced it had initiated a review into 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 Committee deferred its consideration of the matter in response to a request from the Department of Justice (DOJ).  In May 2023, the Committee reauthorized its investigation after DOJ withdrew its deferral request. 

There has been a significant and unusual amount of public reporting on the Committee’s activities this Congress.  Much of that reporting has been inaccurate.  The Committee’s investigations are conducted confidentially, but the Committee’s confidentiality rules do not prohibit witnesses from disclosing information about the Committee’s requests or conversations with Committee investigators.  The Committee is confident in the integrity of its process. 

Representative Gaetz has categorically denied all of the allegations before the Committee.  Notwithstanding the difficulty in obtaining relevant information from Representative Gaetz and others, the Committee has spoken with more than a dozen witnesses, issued 25 subpoenas, and reviewed thousands of pages of documents in this matter.  Based on its review to date, the Committee has determined that certain of the allegations merit continued review.  During the course of its investigation, the Committee has also identified additional allegations that merit review.

Accordingly, the Committee is reviewing allegations pursuant to Committee Rules 14(a)(3) and 18(a) that Representative Gaetz may have:  engaged in sexual misconduct and illicit drug use, accepted improper gifts, dispensed special privileges and favors to individuals with whom he had a personal relationship, and sought to obstruct government investigations of his conduct.  The Committee will take no further action at this time on the allegations that he may have shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe or improper gratuity. 

The Committee notes that the mere fact of an investigation into these allegations does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.  No other public comment will be made on this matter except in accordance with Committee rules.

While federal authorities have previously decided not to pursue criminal charges against Gaetz, the standard for a House Ethics Committee is markedly lower than a federal criminal case and nothing precludes the Committee from continuing its investigation into Gaetz. 

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