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The home ethics committee is investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz

Florida Republican Matt Gaetz listens during a serve to H. R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, on June 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

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The House Ethics Committee said Friday it has opened an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz, the embattled Republican from Florida facing a federal investigation into sex trafficking.

The Democrat-led Ethics Panel also said it had opened an investigation into Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., Citing allegations of possible sexual misconduct by the congressman.

In a statement announcing Gaetz's investigation, the committee said it was aware of public allegations that GOP lawmakers "may have committed sexual misconduct and / or illegal drug use, inappropriate pictures or videos on the floor of the House shared and misused government identification records, converted campaign funds for personal use, and / or accepted bribes, inappropriate tips, or improper gifts that violate house rules, laws, or other standards of conduct. "

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In the two statements, which apparently revealed separate investigations against Gaetz and Reed, it was stated that an investigation "does not in itself indicate the existence of a violation or reflect a judgment on behalf of the committee".

The press releases were credited to Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch, D-Fla., And senior member Jackie Walorski, R-Ind..

"Once again, the office will reiterate, these claims are obviously false and have not been confirmed by a single person willing to leave their name behind," Gaetz's office said in a statement to CNBC.

The PR firm Gaetz, which was retained this week, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reed's office said in a statement to Politico: "We have already publicly addressed this situation and are working in line with the House Ethics Committee to bring this matter to a close."

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