House Ethics Committee Investigating GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Tom Reed

Ruben Fields
April 10, 2021

The investigation comes after multiple sources told CBS News that federal investigators are probing whether the Florida man violated sex trafficking laws.

On Friday, the House Ethics Committee also announced that it would investigate allegations that Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., groped a female lobbyist in 2017. "The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18 (a), has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations".

The inquiry, according to a statement from the panel's Democratic and Republican leaders, will review allegations of sexual misconduct, illegal drug use, misuse of state identification records and campaign funds, and whether the congressman accepted a bribe or gift in violation of House rules.

He has hired two prominent NY lawyers, Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner, to defend him in court. A fighter for his constituents, a fighter for the country, and a fighter for the Constitution.

CNN has previously reported that investigators are examining whether Gaetz's involvement with other young women broke federal sex-trafficking and prostitution laws, according to the person briefed on the probe and another person briefed on the matter.

The Daily Beast recently reported Gaetz has connected with Joel Greenberg through Venmo. "He's going to fight back against the unfounded allegations against him", the statement said, adding that the lawyers "will take the fight to those trying to smear his name with falsehoods".

When asked directly if Greenberg, a former tax collector for Seminole County, near Orlando, was cooperating with prosecutors on the Gaetz case, Scheller cited attorney-client privilege.

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Gaetz has denied all of the allegations and has tried to portray the sex trafficking investigation as connected to an alleged extortion plot against him.

Mukasey, the son of former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, has worked as an attorney for former President Donald Trump, and now serves as the lead attorney for the Trump Organization as it faces investigations from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General. He has represented Trump's family business, the Trump Organization, in tax-related investigations in NY, and defended Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL whose war crimes case caught Trump's attention.

Defense attorneys Marc Mukasey (L) and Tim Parlatore react outside military court after Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder at Naval Base San Diego July 2, 2019.

He also represented the CEO of a social media company during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Kirshner represented former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned his position after being accused of physically assaulting women.

So far, no charges have been filed against him.

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