Mar 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Kevin McCarthy calls allegations against Matt Gaetz "serious"

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Fox News Wednesday called the sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) "serious" and suggested that Gaetz could face repercussions if the allegations prove true.

The big picture: On Tuesday Gaetz told Axios that he was under federal investigation for sexual activity with women, and fears being criminally charged. He also said the allegations are untrue.

What they're saying: “I just read the story. Those are serious implications,” McCarthy told Fox News.

McCarthy was asked if he would comply with the demand made by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) to remove Gaetz from the Judiciary Committee while the investigation continues, and said action would be taken if the allegations proved true.

  • “If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that were the case. Right now, Matt Gaetz says it is not true, and we don't have any information. So, let's get all the information.”

What's next: McCarthy said he would try to speak to Gaetz about the situation on Wednesday afternoon.

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