Gaetz Says House Ethics Panel Has Opened New Investigation Into Him

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's harshest critics, answers questions from members of the media after speaking on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. Gaetz has said he plans to use a procedural tool called a motion to vacate to try and strip McCarthy of his office as soon as this week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz said Monday the House Ethics Committee has opened “new” investigations into him, which he called “frivolous.”

Earlier this year, the bipartisan panel subpoenaed the Justice Department for information tied to an existing investigation it was already conducting into Gaetz.

That probe began in 2021 and was examining allegations including sexual misconduct and illicit drug use.

“This is Soviet,” Gaetz posted on social media Monday.

The Justice Department closed its long-running sex trafficking investigation into Gaetz and declined to charge him back in early 2023.

Gaetz was admonished in 2020 for a threatening 2019 tweet directed at Michael Cohen, then-President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, but the situation “did not violate witness tampering and obstruction of Congress laws,” according to the panel’s report at the time.

The Ethics Committee, which is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Gaetz’s disclosure.

Read the full story at Politico