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‘Less Spine Than a Wet Noodle’: Kevin McCarthy Slammed Over ‘Baffling’ Response To Matt Gaetz Sex Trafficking Scandal



House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sparked the ire of the internet after saying that GOP leaders will remove Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) from his committee assignments if he’s found to be guilty of sex trafficking, a case currently under investigation by the Justice Department.

But McCarthy suggested Gaetz, one of most vocal supporters of former President Trump, would remain on those panels, which include the powerful Judiciary Committee, during the course of the DOJ’s investigation.

“Those are serious implications. If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that’s the case,” McCarthy told Fox News on Wednesday. “But right now Matt Gaetz says that it’s not true and we don’t have any information. So let’s get all the information.”

The Justice Department is investigating allegations that Gaetz engaged in a sexual relationship with an underaged girl and paid for her to travel with him across state lines.

The probe, which began under the Trump administration, includes an examination of allegations that Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws by traveling with the girl across state lines. The investigation was initially reported by The New York Times.

The news comes as Republicans are ramping up the pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders to strip Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) of his seat on the Intelligence Committee. Swalwell, beginning in 2012, had been targeted by a women suspected of being a Chinese spy, an incident first reported by Axios in December.

An FBI investigation cleared Swalwell of any wrongdoing, and the California Democrat cut ties with the woman immediately after the agency briefed him and congressional leaders of both parties in 2015.

McCarthy on Wednesday said he has not been briefed by the DOJ on the Gaetz case, nor has he talked to Gaetz personally since the Times story broke.

Twitter users were quick to call the Republican leader’s hypocrisy on the case.

Watch the interview and some of the responses below.

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