Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) On Thursday called on his House colleague Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) To step down, the first Congressional Republican to do so as Gaetz was under investigation for misconduct suspected sexual.
“Matt Gaetz must resign,” Kinzinger tweeted Thursday night, linking to a Daily Beast report on payments between lawmakers and indicted associate, Joel Greenberg.
Federal officials are said to be investigating Greenberg, a former Florida County tax collector, into multiple allegations, including sex trafficking and paying women for sex. Gaetz is linked to this investigation, which indicates whether lawmakers had sex with a 17-year-old girl he traveled with across state lines.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Greenberg would have to plead guilty to certain charges and possibly cooperate with any federal investigation into Gaetz, complicating lawmakers’ legal battle.
Gaetz denied any improprieties and said his personal life “is and always has been conducted at my own pace and at my expense.”
“Consensual adult relationships are not illegal,” the lawmaker said on Monday, noting that he would “absolutely” not resign.
Kinzinger was a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, often breaking with his party to denounce him. The Illinois Republican told the Washington Post in February that colleagues like Gaetz and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) “Just want fame” and said he had a “huge list” of lawmakers of the GOP that he would like to see challenged in future elections.
Gaetz responded soon after on Twitter, with a simple message: “Bring it. ”
Two of Gaetz’s top aides abruptly quit in recent days amid the allegations.
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