Rep. Matt Gzetz confirmed this morning to CNN that he will file a motion to vacate Speaker McCarthy this week for putting out a clean CR and having Democrats help him pass it.
NEW: Rep. Matt Gaetz' office confirms, he will file a motion to vacate the Speaker this week.
— Aishah Hasnie (@aishahhasnie) October 1, 2023
Here’s more from Gaetz himself:
— CNN (@CNN) October 1, 2023
Gaetz is frustrated that McCarthy went with a clean CR to avoid a government shutdown, however there are some who say the blame for this falls in the lap of Gaetz and the ‘clown crew’:
Democrats can send a gift basket to Matt Gaetz for this. Republicans wanted a 30-day CR that had big spending cuts and money for border security, but Gaetz & the clown crew were more interested in winning attention on social media than substantive gains so we ended up w a 45-day clean CR w no cuts or border security $. Of course the weakness and incompetence of Trump-endorsed McCarthy plays a major role in that outcome.
Democrats can send a gift basket to Matt Gaetz for this.
Republicans wanted a 30-day CR that had big spending cuts and money for border security, but Gaetz & the clown crew were more interested in winning attention on social media than substantive gains so we ended up w a… pic.twitter.com/ljCG6uOi73
— AG (@AGHamilton29) September 30, 2023
In a reversal of news, it seems Republicans are now looking to oust Gaetz from Congress assuming a revived ethics investigation indicates he’s guilty of engaging in in sexual misconduct, illicit drug use or other misconduct.
House GOP members are seeking to quickly expel Gaetz if the ethics report comes back with findings of guilt.
Following threats to vacate McCarthy, one tells me “No one can stand him at this point. A smart guy without morals.”
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) October 1, 2023
Here’s more on the investigation:
Investigators from the House Ethics Committee have begun reaching out to witnesses as part of a recently revived investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, focused on allegations that he may have engaged in sexual misconduct, illicit drug use or other misconduct.
At least one witness in Florida told CNN they have spoken to investigators about the Republican congressman in recent weeks about alleged lobbying violations, and sources familiar with the Ethics Committee probe say other witnesses also have been contacted.
A source familiar with the House panel’s work told CNN that the Justice Department’s decision not to bring charges against Gaetz does not impact what the committee will and won’t investigate. The committee plans to examine the same allegations they were looking into when they opened the investigation in 2021, the source told CNN.
The Ethics Committee, which at the time was controlled by Democrats, originally opened an investigation in 2021, publicly announcing that they were examining a range of allegations including that Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, converted campaign funds to personal use and accepted a bribe, among other claims.
Gaetz has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.