Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has filed an ethics complaint against former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy following an alleged incident where McCarthy reportedly assaulted Republican Rep. Tim Burchett.
Gaetz called for an immediate Ethics Committee investigation, citing a breach of conduct.
McCarthy denied the allegations, stating that the hallway was crowded. (Trending: Photos Released Of Cocaine Found In White House)
SCOOP: Matt Gaetz is filing a formal ethics complaint against Kevin McCarthy over his altercation w/ Tim Burchett this morning – the latest sign of escalating tension between McCarthy & his critics in the wake of his ouster.
Gaetz didn’t witness but anyone can file a complaint. pic.twitter.com/eT8FKzJ8in
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) November 14, 2023
The incident occurred after Burchett had voted to vacate McCarthy from the speaker’s office.
“It has come to my attention that this morning, November 14, 2023, following a meeting of the House Republican Conference, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) assaulted Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN) in the hallways of Capitol complex. This assault was witnessed by numerous people, including Claudia Griseles of NPR, who was interviewing Rep. Burchett at the time,” Gaetz wrote..
“This Congress has seen a substantial increase in breaches of decorum unlike anything we have seen since the pre-Civil War era. I myself have been a victim of outrageous conduct on the House floor as well, but nothing like an open and public assault on a Member, committed by another Member,” he added.
Have NEVER seen this on Capitol Hill:
While talking to @RepTimBurchett after the GOP conference meeting, former @SpeakerMcCarthy walked by with his detail and McCarthy shoved Burchett. Burchett lunged towards me. I thought it was a joke, it was not. And a chase ensued…
— Claudia Grisales (@cgrisales) November 14, 2023
“The rot starts at the top.”
Gaetz emphasized the need for an investigation, regardless of whether Burchett presses charges.
“While Rep. Burchett is within his rights to decline to press charges against Rep. McCarthy, your Committee does have a duty to investigate breaches of the binding Code of Official Conduct, whose first rule is that ‘A Member … shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.’ There is substantial evidence that Rep. McCarthy breached this duty,” the letter read.
“Given Rep. Burchett’s comments on the matter, and the statements of public witnesses, I request the House Committee on Ethics to proceed immediately with an investigation into the facts of today’s incident, including interviewing, under oath, the alleged assailant and assailee, and any witnesses.”
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