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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives would certainly do something about it versus embattled Republican congressman Matt Gaetz if the Justice Department officially bills him, the event’s second-ranking participant in the chamber claimed on Wednesday.

Representative Steve Scalise did not define specifically just how they could act yet claimed the criterion was to eliminate participants that are officially billed from legislative boards.

The Justice Department is examining whether Gaetz might have broken sex-trafficking legislations by paying traveling costs for a 17-year-old woman, according to a U.S. police resource that talked on problem of privacy.

Gaetz has actually not been billed with any type of criminal offenses, has actually called the allegations incorrect, and also has actually consistently rejected any type of misdeed.

“It’s hard to speculate on rumors. But if something really formal happened from Justice, we would of course react and take action,” Scalise informed press reporters.

“There have been a few cases where members have had charges filed against them for various things and we’ve removed them from committees immediately,” he included. “That’s been the precedent that we’ve always followed.”

Gaetz’ workplace was not instantly offered for remark.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has actually withstood stress from Democrats to eliminate Gaetz from House boards while the examination is in progress, consisting of the House Judiciary Committee that looks after the Justice Department.

The House Ethics Committee is additionally examining Gaetz over claims consisting of feasible sex-related transgression and also immoral substance abuse, according to the panel’s Democratic chairman and also top Republican. Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger has actually gotten in touch with him to surrender.

Speaking at a “Save America Summit” at the Trump National Doral hotel in Miami recently, Gaetz claimed “wild conspiracy theories” were being made use of to smear him. “I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” he claimed.

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