Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) tweeted his call for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to resign from office over sex trafficking allegations, becoming the first Republican to publicly call for his removal.
Kinzinger’s shared his demand Thursday alongside a link to a Daily Beast report documenting the allegations.
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) April 9, 2021
The Daily Beast’s “Follow the Money” report describes $900 in cash transfers made between Gaetz and Joel Greenberg. Greenberg, the former Seminole County tax collector, currently faces a scandal including 33 counts, with one case involving a 17-year-old girl.
Greenberg’s lawyer announced on the same day that Greenberg intends to take a plea in the case.
The Other Side of the Story
The Daily Beast also reported the federal investigation into Greenberg’s allegations led to the concerns regarding Greenberg’s connections with Gaetz. The congressman has refused to admit any wrongdoing.
Gaetz has yet to be charged regarding the allegations.
Jack Posobiec tweeted The Daily Beast piece refused to include the Congressman’s statement:
The Daily Beast dropped a new piece on Gaetz and refused to include the Congressman’s statement, per correspondence pic.twitter.com/tlloTjQP2Q
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 9, 2021
Gaetz’s female staffers released a statement defending the Congressman following the allegations as well.
Matt Gaetz’s Female Staffers Release Statement Defending The Congressman Amid Sexual Allegations Scandal @DailyCaller was told the entire office signed the statement, which includes all eight women who work for Gaetz.
Read the statement and more here: https://t.co/uQfgySd0f8
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) April 8, 2021
Not His First Rodeo
Kinzinger’s action is not his first criticism of his own party’s leadership. The Congressman voted in January to impeach former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol building riot.
He stated following the events, “There is no doubt in my mind that the president of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.”
Gaetz’s allegation will certainly continue to circulate in the mainstream media, regardless of the investigation’s outcome. The impact of the accusations will also remain important as Republicans seek to win back power of the House in the 2022 midterms.