DORAL, Fla. – Rep. Matt Gaetz talked to a conservative women’s group on Friday night during a Republicans’ Save America Summit at the Trump National Doral Miami resort in Miami-Dade County’s city of Doral.
During his prepared speech for the summit’s Women For America First event, Gaetz didn’t mention that he is embroiled in an alleged sex scandal, according to News 6 partner WPLG. He reiterated that a former U.S. Department of Justice employee attempted to extort him and that he may be a victim of the deep state.
“Big government, big tech, big business, big media, they all breathe a sigh of relief if I were no longer in the Congress fighting for you,” Gaetz said. “I am the only Republican in Congress who doesn’t take any money from federal lobbyists or political action committees. Their money is no good with me.”
The private outdoor event comes as the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Gaetz, citing reports of sexual and other misconduct. In a statement released by Chairman Rep. Ted Deutsch, a Democrat, and ranking Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski, they list the accusations against him.
“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 statement said.
Federal prosecutors are examining whether Gaetz and his political ally Joel Greenberg paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex. Greenberg is facing 33 federal charges of wire fraud, creating fake IDs, stalking a political opponent, and sex trafficking