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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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Updated Mar 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

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

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of the nation's rising-star conservative firebrands, told Axios he is under federal investigation for sexual activity with women, and fears being criminally charged.

What he's saying: "The allegations against me are as searing as they are false," Gaetz said in a 13-minute phone interview with Axios. "I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy."

Mar 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement to take job at Newsmax

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has privately told confidants he's seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax, three sources with direct knowledge of the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: Gaetz is a provocative figure on the right who's attracted attention by being a fierce defender of former President Trump. The Republican also represents a politically potent district on the Florida panhandle.

Updated 5 hours ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.