McCarthy was asked again Thursday whether Gaetz would keep his seat on the House Judiciary Committee as he oversees the Justice Department. He said Gaetz was “the same as any American. He is innocent until proven guilty. There are still no charges against him. If an indictment is made, it will be dealt with at that point. “
McCarthy also denied being drawn to red flags about Gaetz after media reports said then House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Met with Gaetz in 2017 to discuss the then-Congressman’s conduct . McCarthy was the House majority leader at the time.
“When I was majority leader, I wasn’t part of that discussion and I didn’t know about it,” McCarthy said, adding, “If you’re wondering if I knew anything about what is being said now, no.”
Despite numerous negative headlines over the past few days detailing the allegations against Gaetz, only one House Republican has called for his resignation, and his position in Congress seems secure for the time being.
McCarthy’s comments came after Gaetz announced a six-figure ad purchase for CNN on Wednesday – part of the Congressman’s efforts to label himself a victim of anti-conservative media bias.