Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, says allegations of sexual misconduct against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) are “sickening.”
On Sunday, CBS’ “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Cheney if she is “ready” to call for Gaetz’s resignation.
“As the mother of daughters, the charges certainly are sickening. And as the speaker noted, there’s an ethics investigation underway, there are also criminal investigations underway, and I’m not going to comment on that further publicly right now,” she responded.
When asked if she was “surprised” by the allegations, Cheney said, “I’m not going to comment further.”
Brennan said, “Well, he is one of your chief critics, so I needed to offer you that opportunity.”
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Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching Trump for what Democrats allege was his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
While the House passed the impeachment resolution, Senate Democrats fell short of the 67 vote threshold to convict Trump and he was acquitted in February.
After Cheney’s vote, Gaetz — an ardent supporter of Trump — traveled to Wyoming to blast her during a rally at the state’s capitol.
“You can help me break a corrupt system. You can send a representative who actually represents you, and you can send Liz Cheney home — back home to Washington, D.C.,” he told attendees of the rally.
The Florida Congressman has not been charged with any crimes, but he is facing a federal investigation and an House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations that he had sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl and paid her to travel to him — which would violate federal sex trafficking laws.
He has denied allegations of wrongdoing.
“It’s up to the Republicans to take responsibility for that. We in the Congress, in the House we have Bill 23, which says that in the conduct of our duties we are not to bring dishonor on to the House of Representatives,” she responded.
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