“I informed him I’m not attempting to extort, but when this have been true, he may be eager about doing one thing good,” Mr. Kent mentioned.
For now, Gaetz doesn’t look like going wherever.
Mr. Gaetz informed The Instances in an interview this week that he had no plans to resign from Congress. However because the investigation continues, he might face stress both to step down or briefly relinquish his spot on the Home committee that oversees the Justice Division.
“He shouldn’t be sitting on a Congressional Committee with oversight over the DOJ whereas the Division is investigating him,” Consultant Ted Lieu, Democrat of California, wrote on Twitter.
Few Republicans have stood up for Mr. Gaetz, whose brash type way back alienated lots of his colleagues, however they don’t look like attempting to push him to the exits both, at the least earlier than federal investigators full their work.
“These are severe implications. If it comes out to be true, sure, we’d take away him,” Consultant Kevin McCarthy of California, the Home Republican chief, informed Fox Information this week. “However proper now, Matt Gaetz says that it’s not true, and we don’t have any info. So let’s get all the data.”
Nonetheless, Mr. Gaetz himself might produce other plans. Earlier than the disclosure of the inquiry this week, the congressman had been overtly discussing leaving the Home to take a full-time job as a commentator at a conservative TV community, like Newsmax, in line with individuals conversant in the conversations. Mr. Gaetz has been a fixture of conservative media, however his authorized woes might complicate any plans he might have had earlier than they grew to become public.
Within the meantime, nothing prevents Mr. Gaetz from persevering with to do his common congressional work, attending hearings, voting on laws and receiving labeled info each member of Congress is entitled to.