When the much beloved senator, Al Franken, was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching, Democrats immediately began calling for him to resign his seat. The GOP, however, does not seem to care when one of their own commits sex crimes, not even when the case is being tried in court.
Republican Representative Matt Gaetz is entitled to the presumption of innocence. But he is not entitled to sit on the @HouseJudiciary Committee that has direct oversight over the very Department investigating him for sex crimes. GOP Leader McCarthy needs to remove Gaetz ASAP. https://t.co/MFCUaFuRoA
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 12, 2022
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the ex-girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) had been in talks with prosecutors for an immunity deal in order to testify and met with investigators to testify. Gaetz is accused of having transported an underage girl across state lines to have sex with her in exchange for money, violating sex trafficking laws.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is calling on the Republican Party to expel Gaetz in light of the very serious charges he faces. Gaetz serves on the Judiciary Committee, which creates a ethical dilemma considering that he could eventually have the power to decide his own fate for child sex crimes. Lieu called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who backed Trump despite numerous accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and even rape, to expel Gaetz. It is unlikely, considering the current trajectory of the GOP, that Gaetz will face consequences from his own colleagues.
Twitter was nearly fully in support of Lieu’s request. Read some of their comments below: