Defiant Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is rejecting calls to step down from his office amid news of a federal investigation into whether he paid for sex or had sex with a 17-year-old and a drip of salacious allegations.
“I’m not resigning,” Gaetz said in a text to the Washington Examiner on Friday afternoon.
News broke on Tuesday of a federal investigation into Gaetz and whether he had sex with a 17-year-old, an allegation that he said is “totally false.” Reports followed that Gaetz showed nude photos of women whom he slept with to other lawmakers, including while on the House floor, and used cash apps to pay women found on the internet for sex, which he has also denied.
Few Republicans, other than firebrand Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, have come to Gaetz’s defense. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that Gaetz could lose his committee seats