“As the mother of daughters, the charges certainly are sickening. As the Speaker noted there is an ethics investigation underway, there are criminal investigations underway, and I’m not going to comment further on that publicly right now,” Cheney mentioned on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Asked if she was shocked by the allegations, Cheney solely mentioned, “I’m not going to comment further.”
Gaetz, who is just not solely dealing with a federal investigation, but can also be being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, has been a frequent critic of Cheney, and even traveled to her dwelling state to carry a rally towards her after she voted to question former President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” on January 6.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who additionally voted for impeachment and has been a frequent critic of the GOP’s embrace of Trump, became the first congressional Republican to name for Gaetz to step down final week. Few GOP allies are talking out on Gaetz’s behalf, and most Republicans have been holding quiet, because the federal investigation hangs over his head.
Federal investigators are analyzing allegations that Gaetz had intercourse with an underage woman who was 17 on the time and with different ladies who have been supplied medicine and cash in violation of intercourse trafficking and prostitution legal guidelines. Federal investigators are additionally searching for to find out whether or not Gaetz was supplied journey and ladies in change for political favors as half of a broader probe, people familiar with the investigation tell NCS.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing, and no prices have been introduced towards him. In response to the Ethics Committee’s Friday announcement that it was trying into Gaetz, his workplace informed NCS that the “allegations are blatantly false and have not been validated by a single human being willing to put their name behind them.”
“The smears against me range from distortions of my personal life to wild, and I mean wild, conspiracy theories,” the Florida Republican mentioned on the “Save America Summit” held by Women for America First at Trump National Doral.
During Sunday’s interview, Cheney additionally joined Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in rebuking current feedback from Trump. During a Republican National Committee donor retreat Saturday night, the previous President repeated acquainted lies in regards to the 2020 election and insulted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a person in the room told NCS.
“The former President is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on January 6,” Cheney mentioned.
“As a party we need to be focused on the future.”
NCS’s Jeremy Herb and Annie Grayer contributed to this report.