McCarthy says lawmaker who ‘slept with a 17-year-old’ responsible for his ouster as speaker

Former Representative Kevin McCarthy said he was ousted as Speaker of the House by members who wanted him to stop filing ethics charges because he slept with a 17-year-old.

McCarthy’s removal from the chamber follows a motion by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for sexual misconduct charges, to vacate his seat in October 2023. It was done later.

“I’m going to tell you the truth about why I’m not a speaker. It’s because a member of Congress wanted me to stop filing ethics charges for sleeping with a 17-year-old,” McCarthy said during a speech Tuesday. ” he said. at Georgetown University.

McCarthy noted that he was not sure whether the person was guilty of sexual misconduct and hoped the lawmaker he mentioned would intervene while he was speaker of the House to “influence” the investigation. he claimed.

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Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on October 9, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Valerie Preche)

“Ethics complaints that started before I became speaker. And it’s illegal. And I’m not going to get in between,” the former California lawmaker added. “Did he do it or not? I don’t know. But ethics takes that into account. And there are other people in prison for that. And he influenced me. I wanted to.”

Mr. McCarthy did not specifically name Mr. Gates, but Mr. Gates was the lawmaker who introduced the motion to expel the former speaker.

“Kevin is a liar. In fact, that’s why he’s not chairman,” Gaetz said in a statement to FOX News Digital. “Just ask any of the 224 people who voted to remove him.”

Gaetz, who has represented Florida’s 1st Congressional District since 2017, is under investigation for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl he paid to travel with. The Justice Department recently discontinued its investigation into sex trafficking allegations, but House committees continue to review the allegations.

Republican Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) after the House Republican meeting at the U.S. Capitol on October 3, 2023. (Tom Williams)

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Mr. McCarthy has made similar comments about Mr. Gaetz, calling the congressman “in jail” in November.

“You have a cross section [of the delegation]” McCarthy told Politico when asked about the issue. House of Representatives Florida Republican Party. “We have Gates in prison, and we have serious members.”

Gates hit back at McCarthy’s comments, saying, “The only assault I committed was on Kevin’s fragile self-esteem.”

Matt Gates, Kevin McCarthy

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (left) and former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. (Andrew Caballero Reynolds/AFP; Al Drago/Bloomberg)

Gaetz has a controversial past regarding his alleged behavior toward women. CNN reports that before the sex trafficking investigation began, Gates bragged about his sexual experiences to colleagues in Congress and showed them nude photos of women he had slept with.


Joel Greenberg, a former colleague of Gates, is serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges related to the sex trafficking investigation. Gaetz has continually denied the allegations and accusations of wrongdoing, with a spokesperson saying Gaetz “has never had sex with a minor or paid for sex.” .