Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) became the first Republican to publicly demand Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) resign from office following allegations of a sex trafficking scandal.
Kinzinger’s tweeted the demand Thursday alongside a link to an article from The Daily Beast documenting the allegations.
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) April 9, 2021
The Daily Beast account describes $900 in cash transfers made between Gaetz and Joel Greenberg. Greenberg, the former Seminole County tax collector, currently faces his own scandal, including one case involving a 17-year-old girl.
Greenberg’s lawyer announced on the same day that Greenberg intends to take a plea in the case.
The federal investigation into Greenberg’s allegations led to concerns regarding connections with Gaetz. The congressman has refused to admit any wrongdoing, and no charges have yet been filed.
Kinzinger’s action is not his first criticism of leaders in his own party. He also voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol building riot.
He stated following the events, “There is no doubt in my mind that the president of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection.”
Gaetz will likely continue to face calls for his resignation, though Kinzinger may be one of few Republicans. The ongoing investigation will certainly be important as the GOP seeks to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections.