“I told him I wasn’t trying to extort, but if it was true he might be interested in doing something right,” Kent said.
So far, Gaetz doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Mr Gaetz told The Times in an interview this week that he has no plans to resign from Congress. But as the investigation continues, he could face pressure to resign or temporarily relinquish his place on the House committee that oversees the Justice Department.
“He shouldn’t be sitting on a congressional committee overseeing the DOJ while the department is investigating him,” Representative Ted Lieu, Democrat of California, said. wrote on Twitter.
Few Republicans have defended Mr. Gaetz, whose brash style alienated many of his colleagues long ago, but they also don’t seem to be trying to push him out, at least before federal investigators finish their call. job.
“These are serious implications. If that turns out to be true, yes, we will revoke it, ”Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told Fox News this week. “But at the moment Matt Gaetz says that’s not true, and we have no information. So let’s get all the information.
Yet Mr. Gaetz himself may have other plans. Prior to the investigation’s disclosure this week, the congressman had openly discussed leaving the House to take a full-time job as a commentator at a conservative television station like Newsmax, according to people familiar with the conversations. Mr Gaetz has been in the conservative media, but his legal issues could complicate any plans he might have had before they went public.
In the meantime, nothing prevents Mr. Gaetz from continuing to do his regular work in Congress, attending hearings, voting on legislation and receiving classified information to which every member of Congress is entitled.