Multiple witnesses have been contacted by investigators for interviews and documents as part of the House Ethics Committee’s recently reopened investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz into allegations of sexual misconduct, illicit drug use and potential public corruption, sources said.
A witness with ties to Gaetz recently spoke to investigators and turned over documents requested by the committee, sources told ABC News.
Other witnesses in the Gaetz investigation also received letters asking them to speak with the committee, sources said.
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News of the development was first reported by CNN.
Gaetz received a letter informing him that the House Ethics Committee reopened the investigation earlier this year, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.
The Florida congressman denied any wrongdoing. The Justice Department, following a year-long sex trafficking investigation into the Florida congressman, informed Gaetz in February that he do not press charges against him.
The ethics committee had suspended its investigation while the Justice Department completed its investigation of Gaetz over allegations that he had sex with a minor.
In response to a request for comment, Gaetz’s team reported to ABC News the comments the congressman made to CNN. “The Ethics Committee usually operates through leaks so it’s no surprise, but the Ethics Committee has never found me in violation of House rules, although they did investigate me. during my seven years in Congress,” Gaetz said.
“It’s also funny that the one guy not taking money from the corrupt lobbyist and the PAC seems to be the subject of the biggest ethical investigation,” he added.
Sources told ABC News that the ethics committee has yet to contact some of the central witnesses in the DOJ investigation, including former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, a former close friend de Gaetz who was sentenced to 11 years in prison last December after pleading guilty to federal charges ranging from wire fraud to sex trafficking a minor.
Greenberg is currently serving his sentence in a Florida prison.
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