Matt Gaetz has lengthy maintained that his transfer final yr to oust Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House was strictly a few lack of settlement on coverage, and completely not about getting revenge for a revived Ethics Committee probe associated to the Florida lawmaker’s alleged intercourse trafficking. On the opposite hand, McCarthy has insisted the probe was why he misplaced his job, saying in an interview final month: “We all know it’s the ethics complaint on Gaetz. He’s doing everything to make sure it doesn’t come out, and that means he doesn’t care about anything else.” And in response to a brand new report, the previous House chief could also be onto one thing.
The Daily Beast experiences, in response to non-public correspondence it reviewed, “Gaetz indicated to a friend that his effort to undercut, isolate, and ultimately remove McCarthy was, indeed, payback for the ethics probe.” According to the outlet, “in the communications, Gaetz singled out McCarthy individually for reviving an Ethics Committee probe against him, and he indicated that his animus toward McCarthy was over that investigation.”
Reporters Roger Sollenberger and Reese Gorman additionally write:
The Ethics probe started below former Speaker Nancy Pelosi; it was then paused, reportedly on the request of the Justice Department, which was conducting its personal investigation into allegations Gaetz had paid for intercourse with a minor and broke federal intercourse trafficking legal guidelines. (Gaetz has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.) By February, prosecutors had determined to not cost the Florida lawmaker; shortly after that, the House reopened its probe, reportedly contacting witnesses as early as June 2023. The Daily Beast notes, “That same month, Gaetz led a chorus of Freedom Caucus allies in the first stages of their rebellion, raising the specter of a motion to vacate over an intra-party dispute about debt ceiling negotiations.”
In a press release to the outlet, Gaetz stated: “As I’ve answered likely 100 times on the record, I led the charge to remove Kevin McCarthy from his role as House Speaker because he failed to keep his promises. The Daily Beast continues to lie about me, and I think it’s due for a round of layoffs.”
McCarthy didn’t reply to a request for remark, although his tackle the matter appears clear. Speaking to Politico final yr, simply weeks earlier than he give up his job as a congressman, the ex-Speaker stated: “You have a cross section [of Florida Republicans in Congress]. You have Gaetz, who belongs in jail, and you have serious members.”
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