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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said on Sunday's Face The Nation the allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) are "sickening," but would not weigh in on whether he should step down.

Why it matters: Gaetz, a staunch ally of former President Trump, has long been a fierce critic of Cheney, and led the charge to remove her from leadership after she voted in favor of impeaching Trump for his alleged role in helping incite the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

  • Gaetz is facing federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

What they're saying: Cheney was asked if she was prepared to call for Gaetz's resignation, but she would not comment.

  • "You know, as the mother of daughters, the charges certainly are sickening. And as the Speaker [Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)] noted, there's an ethics investigation underway. There are also criminal investigations underway and I'm not gonna comment further on that publicly right now."
  • She also refused to say whether she was surprised by the allegations against Gaetz.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R.-Ill) was the first Republican to call for Gaetz's resignation.

Go Deeper: Matt Gaetz says he's under federal investigation for sexual misconduct

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House Ethics panel opens investigation into Gaetz

Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks during panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, in February 2021. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it has launched an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is facing a federal probe into sex trafficking allegations.

Driving the news: The panel said it is aware of allegations that Gaetz "may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift."

Apr 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Gaetz declares he's "not going anywhere" amid sex trafficking probe

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) doubled down Friday night, saying he's not "going anywhere," and vowing, "I have not yet begun to fight," amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

What he's saying: “I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” Gaetz, who denies the allegations, said during a Women for America First event at the Trump National Doral Miami resort.

Second senior Matt Gaetz aide resigns amid federal investigation

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) walking out of the Capitol in January 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Devin Murphy, Rep. Matt Gaetz's legislative director, has stepped down amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations against the Florida Republican congressman, the New York Times first reported and Axios has confirmed.

The latest: "It's been real," Murphy wrote in an email, obtained by Axios, to Republican legislative directors on Saturday morning, with the subject line: "Well...bye."

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